Mercedes-Benz recalls 400000 cars over airbag fault

Angelica Greene
October 18, 2017

Mercedes is recalling 400,000 cars in the United Kingdom due to faulty steering systems that can cause airbags to deploy.

Daimler is recalling about 400,000 Mercedes-Benz cars in the United Kingdom over a potential airbag safety issue.

MERCEDES is asking almost 400,000 British drivers to return their luxury cars for urgent repairs, after airbags on around 30 of its vehicles exploded unintentionally during normal driving. The recall is for around one million cars in total around the world, 495,000 of these are in the US. But, it is reported that there is an unwarranted deployment of the airbags.

If certain wiring components aren't properly earthed, there is then potential for electrostatic charge to cause the airbag to deploy. The planned fix involves adding new grounding to the steering components.

However, the spokesperson said, the issue only occurs in "rare circumstances".

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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".

The recall from Mercedes Benz affects some model of their A Class, B Class, C Class and E Class, plus the CLA, GLA and GLC which were built between November 2011 and July 2017.

"We are following a straight-forward strategy and have chose to examine a new divisional structure for our company against this backdrop, to make sure we are optimally prepared for the challenges in the new automotive era". The repairs will begin before the end of the month.

"Whoever aims for sustainable competitiveness and profitability must continuously evolve and adapt to rapidly changing surroundings - technologically, culturally and also structurally", Daimler CEO Dieter Zetsche said in a statement released Monday.

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