Daimler recalls 400000 Mercedes Benz cars in the UK

Joanna Estrada
October 16, 2017

Mercedes Benz has announced a major recall of its cars in the United Kingdom over concerns that some airbags might be prone to premature deployment.

Vehicle manufacturers have recalled millions of cars around the world over airbags made by now-bankrupt Japanese firm, Takata. The German automaker did not immediately have a complete worldwide total.

Fixing the problem, which involves replacing the spring within the steering column, is thought to take around an hour, and will be free of charge.

As part of the fix, it said dealers would add new grounding to the steering components.

A spring within the steering column module in certain models could potentially fail, causing the airbag warning light to illuminate. Mercedes parent Daimler AG also cleared that the recall is not connected to the Takata airbag scandal.

The fault affects the top-selling A, B, C and E class models as well as the CLA, GLA and GLC coupes and sports utility vehicles from the upmarket German car-maker built between November 2011 and July 2017.

Motorists are advised the cars are safe to drive under normal conditions, but owners are warned to contact their dealership or Mercedes-Benz Roadside Assistance on 00800 1777 7777 if a red airbag warning light appears on the dashboard.

The German vehicle maker said: 'Cars are safe to drive under normal operating conditions'.

The auto manufacturer said affected customers would be contacted about having their vehicle recalled and repaired.

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