Mercedes-Benz recalls almost 6, 000 new A-Class vehicles due to airbag issue, less than a year after the model hit the market.
The front passenger airbag in the new A-Class might fail to inflate properly in case of a crash, said Wolfgang Zanker, a spokesman for Mercedes-Benz. The recall affects almost 6,000 A-Class models in Germany, where the majority of the vehicles have been sold. The German automaker revamped the A-Class in 2012 to make the model more appealing to younger customers and also to increase sales as it plans to narrow the gap with BMW and Audi.
The recalled vehicles were manufactured between June and December, and Mercedes said it will fix the airbag issue free of charge, not mentioning the costs of the repairs. This would be Daimler’s second recall this month, as on May 6th the automaker announced it recalls the new Mercedes Citan van due to an airbag system issue after “unsatisfactory” tests.
Daimler plans to get back the first place in luxury auto sales by the end of the decade, after it lost the spot to BMW eight years ago and also fell behind Audi in 2011.