Published: Tue, October 17, 2017
Money | By Armando Alvarado

Mercedes recalls cars over airbag fault

Mercedes recalls cars over airbag fault

Mercedes-Benz is recalling more than 400,000 of its most popular family and executive cars in the United Kingdom over an short-circuit electrical fault that can cause airbags to go off prematurely when the steering wheel is turned.

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

A range of Mercedes-Benz models are affected, including the A-Class, B-Class, C-Class and E-Class cars, as well as the CLA, GLA, GLC, GLK and some V-Class models.

The spokesman added that the recall was not linked to Honda's recent recall of more than 245,000 vehicles in China over concerns about airbags made by troubled Japanese giant Takata.

If certain wiring components aren't properly earthed, there is then potential for electrostatic charge to cause the airbag to deploy.

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The German vehicle maker said: 'Cars are safe to drive under normal operating conditions'.

The fix for the airbag issue takes only an hour to perform.

The statement did not specify how many cars would be recalled, but the company later confirmed 400,000 vehicles were concerned.

Mercedes-Benz said its cars were safe to drive under normal operating conditions but urged customers to contact its roadside assistance service if the air bag warning light comes on.

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

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