Airbag Problems Lead Daimler AG to Recall More Than 1 Million Mercedes-Benz VehiclesOctober 18, 2017
The risk of unintended airbag deployment has led Daimler AG to issue a worldwide recall of more than 1 million Mercedes-Benz cars and sports utility vehicles (SUVs), the automaker announced Monday Oct. 16th.
The recall reportedly impacts certain A-, B-, C- and E-Class model vehicles, as well as some CLA, GLA and GLC vehicles (from model years 2012 to 2018).
About 495,000 vehicles in the U.S. are subject to this recall, as well as about 400,000 vehicles in England and a few hundred thousand vehicles in Germany.
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Daimler Airbag Recall: The Nature of the Defect & the Proposed Remedy
According to Daimler, the airbag problem that sparked the international recall stems from broken clock springs and improperly grounded steering components. In the presence of an electrostatic discharge, these factors can cause airbags to accidently and unexpectedly deploy.
Currently, only the driver-side front airbags are believed to be impacted by these defects.
To date, these defective airbags have reportedly not caused any severe injuries or deaths (and Daimler specifically noted that this recall is independent of and unrelated to the Takata airbag recall, which involves defective airbag inflators). The only injuries caused by the Daimler airbag defects allegedly include “a handful of instances where drivers suffered minor abrasions or bruises,” according to a Mercedes-Benz spokesperson.
The remedy for these airbag defects will reportedly involve installing new grounding for the steering components.
As the automaker continues to notify vehicle owners of the recall, please be aware that you do not have to wait for a notification from Daimler or Mercedes-Benz to find out if your vehicle is subject to this recall.
Instead, you can proactively check if your vehicle is affected by the Daimler airbag recall (or any other ongoing recall) using this tool from regulators at the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).
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