Saturday 19 January 2019

Mercedes assure Irish owners over airbag-link recall

Mercedes-Benz C-Class
Mercedes-Benz C-Class
Eddie Cunningham

Eddie Cunningham

Mercedes here are assuring owners of cars affected by a major airbag-related recall that the vehicles are safe to drive.

The company is working out how many Irish vehicles are affected before issuing a recall notification to owners.

Globally, it is reported that one million cars and SUVs are affected (around 400,000 in the UK, with the bulk of the remainder in the US).

The problem arises from an electrostatic discharge, a broken clock spring and insufficient grounding of steering components, which can lead to the driver's airbag deploying. The models understood to be involved include A-Classes, B-Classes, C-Classes, E-Classes (old model), CLAs, GLAs and GLCs built between November 2011 and July 2017.

Mercedes Ireland said: "Owners are assured that affected vehicles are safe to drive under normal operating conditions. However, should the driver's airbag warning light illuminate, customers are advised to contact their nearest dealer or call roadside assistance."

It will liaise with German headquarters to determine how many and what models are affected.

Owners will then be contacted to arrange for modification work, expected to take an hour, to be carried out free of charge.

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