Mercedes recalls 400000 cars over faulty steering

Isaac Cain
October 18, 2017

Daimler AG is recalling more than 1 million Mercedes-Benz vehicles around the world to resolve a problem causing airbags to unexpectedly and unnecessarily deploy in the affected cars and sport-utility vehicles.

Daimler, the marque's parent company, will recall United Kingdom cars built between November 2011 and July this year after it was alerted to airbags going off prematurely.

The recall will affect 400,000 cars in the United Kingdom, with owners being warned that the problem could result in the airbag deploying.

According to the press Secretary of concern "issue only occurs in rare cases", the airbags are not defective.

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The company said 400,000 vehicles in Great Britain and "a few hundred thousand" in Germany were impacted as well, but it doesn't have a complete total yet.

A Mercedes-Benz spokeswomen said: 'If the steering column module clock spring is broken, the driver air bag warning light will be displayed in the instrument cluster, as well as a red air bag warning lamp. The official Mercedes-Benz Roadside Assistance number is 00800 5777 7777. The issue is to do with the steering column where it could possibly cause the airbag to deploy, you can see details on the exact issue below.

Mercedes will contact owners of potentially affected cars "in the coming days and weeks", adds the website.

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