Mercedes Recalls 841,000 Vehicles for Defective Takata Airbags
WTVM reports Mercedez- Benz is the latest vehicle to be added to the ongoing list of airbag recalls by manufacturer Takata Corporation.
About the Mercedez-Benz Airbag Recall
Nearly a million Mercedez-Benz vehicles have been recalled due to the defective Takata brand airbags installed in them.
Drivers of Mercedez-Benz vehicles should write down their car’s VIN number which is generally located on the driver’s side in the windshield, and then go to Safercar.gov and type in the VIN number to see if their car has been affected.
Vehicles Covered by the Mercedes Airbag Recall
Vehicles included in the recall are:
- 2009-2010 ML320 Diesel
- 2009-2011 ML350
- 2010-2011 ML450 Hybrid
- 2009-2011 ML550
- 2009-2011 ML63AMG
- 2009-2010 GL320 Diesel
- 2011-2012 GL350 Diesel
- 2009-2012 GL450
- 2009-2012 GL550
- 2009-2010 R320 Diesel
- 2009-2012 R350
- 2007-2008 SLK280
- 2007-2008 SLK350
- 2007-2008 SLK55AMG
- 2010-2012 GLK350
- 2011-2014 SLS
- 2010-2011 E350
- 2010-2011 E550
- 2010-2012 E63AMG
- 2005-2007 C230
- 2008-2011 C300
- 2005 C320
- 2006-2011 C350
- 2009-2011 C63AMG
Background Information About the Takata Airbag Defects
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), vehicles made by 14 different automakers have been recalled in what NHTSA has called the largest and most complex safety recall in U.S. history.
The problem lies within the airbags, made by major parts supplier Takata, which were mostly installed in cars from model year 2002-2015. Some of those airbags could deploy explosively, injuring or even killing car occupants.
The problem with the airbags is the inflator which in some cases has ignited with explosive force. If the inflator ruptures during a crash, metal shards from the airbag can be sprayed throughout the passenger cabin and right at the driver.
To date there have been 10 deaths and more than 100 injuries due to this problem in the U.S.