Mercedes-Benz has issued a recall for 1.29 million vehicles sold in the U.S. since 2016 after determining a software defect in the vehicles’ emergency-call system may dispatch first responders to the wrongful location after an accident.
According to KIRO-7, Mercedes-Benz blamed a “temporary collapse of the communication module’s power supply caused by a crash that might lead to the vehicle’s position during a potential emergency call being incorrect.” The automaker added other functions of the call function remain fully operational.
The decision to implement the recall came after Mercedes-Benz learned of a crash in Europe in which the automatic emergency-call system relayed an incorrect location for a wrecked vehicle. An investigation determined a similar incident had occurred in October 2019.
Vehicle owners can expect to be notified beginning April 6. The company will provide a software update to consumers at no charge.
The following vehicles are affected by the Mercedes-Benz recall:
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