126, 260 Mercedes cars will have to be checked for airbags related problems. The company has already informed the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, but the malfunction is affecting not only the cars in the US.
More and more airbags problems related news is occurring every day with Takata in the spotlight, but for this time it is not about their airbags. From today, Mercedes-Benz is joining the list of automakers with airbags malfunction. The company had posted on National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s site a notice according to which 126,260 cars will have to be checked for airbags related problems. The action covers 2008-2009 Mercedes-Benz C300, C350, the C63 AMG models, as well as the Mercedes-Benz 2010 GLK350. The problems found by Mercedes are quite serious, as the control unit of the airbags could malfunction by not opening the inflators if an accident occurs, or by deploying them suddenly without the car been involved in a crash.
Donna Boland, a spokeswoman for the company, said the Mercedes is not aware of any accidents or injuries related to the problem and the recall is global, but it is not known exactly how many cars are affected by the malfunction worldwide. In the report, Mercedes said it found two years ago issues with airbags deploying out of nowhere, but it didn’t affect cars sold in the US, only in Europe. Globally, the airbags issues have affected 12 vehicle manufacturers, more than 23 million inflators and approximately 19 million vehicles, according to federal data, all been produced by Takata. Recently, Fiat Chrysler recalled 316,000 cars, 1,8 million in total since 2013, and Honda had to recall 300,000 vehicles.