Mercedes recalls cars over airbag fault

by Wade Massey October 18, 2017, 0:07

Reported to be 400 thousand cars will be recalled in the United Kingdom, several hundred thousand in Germany.

Mercedes-Benz has announced a major recall which could affect as many as 400,000 cars in the UK.

Other models affected include the B-class, E-class, CLA, GLA and GLC.

The recall is not related to the exploding Takata airbag scandal, and there have been no fatalities.

The issue itself relates to a "clock spring" in the steering column, says Autocar, "which if broken can trigger an airbag warning and illuminate the airbag warning light".

'In rare circumstances, if the clock spring is broken and the wiring components are not sufficiently earthed, this could lead to an electrostatic discharge which could inadvertently deploy the driver's air bag'.

Mercedes-Benz said its cars were safe to drive under normal conditions, but if the airbag warning light appears on the dash customers are urged to contact a roadside assistance service or their nearest retailer. Mercedes-Benz in the USA said that there had been "a handful of instances where drivers suffered minor abrasions or bruises". It will be contacting all customers affected by the recall, and arranging for free repairs, which are expected to take about one hour to carry out.

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