Mercedes-Benz recalls 400000 cars in United Kingdom over airbag fault

Andrew Cummings
October 17, 2017

The automobile manufacturer Mercedes-Benz, owned by Daimler, announced on Monday the recall of 400,000 vehicles in the United Kingdom for problems in the triggering of the airbags.

A spring within the steering column module in certain models could potentially fail, causing the airbag warning light to illuminate.

It also stressed that the recall is not linked to the exploding Takata airbag scandal.

An electrostatic discharge, coupled with a broken clock spring and insufficient grounding of steering components, can lead to inadvertent deployment of the driver side front air bag in vehicles subject to the recall, the company said.

A spokesman for Mercedes-Benz in the ULK said: 'We are recalling certain A, B, C, and E-Class, and CLA, GLA, and GLC, built between November 2011 and July 2017'.

Among the vehicles being recalled are some 400,000 Mercedes cars in Britain and many hundreds more in Germany, the spokesman told the DPA news agency.

Mercedes-Benz said its customers will be contacted by by the firm "should their vehicle be one of those affected by the recall".

The cars are considered to be safe to drive, but if the airbag warning light illuminates, drivers are advised to call roadside assistance or a Mercedes centre.

Customers who own an affected auto will be contacted by the manufacturer and offered a one-hour fix which will be free of charge.

It sold 31,988 cars in the country past year.

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