Mercedes-Benz Issues Recall Due to Defect Involving Airbag Deployment

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has issued two separate recall reports affecting airbag deployment of certain 2017 E300, E300 4Matic, 2016 AMG GT-S, GLC300, CLA250 and other Mercedes-Benz models.

According to the recall issued March 14, Mercedes-Benz reported that 65 of its 2017 E300 and E300 4Matic models were affected by a defect that may result in the front passenger airbag not deploying properly in the event of a collision if the passenger is sitting on the edge of the seat, or is laying with the seat reclined.

Mercedes-Benz has notified dealers of the defect and will contact owners this month. Dealers will update the airbag control unit of affected models, all affected vehicles are covered under warranty.

Additionally, on March 14, a separate Mercedes-Benz recall reported a defect with 51 of the following models.

  • 2016 AMG GT-S
  • 2016 GLC300
  • 2016 CLA250
  • 2016 GLE300d 4MATIC
  • 2013 C250
  • 2013 E350 BlueTec
  • 2013 G63 AMG
  • 2008-2014 C300
  • 2013-2014 C300 4MATIC
  • 2013 -2014 ML350 4MATIC
  • 2009 C350
  • 2014 CLS550
  • 2014 E350 4MATIC
  • 2014 E350 Coupe 4MATIC
  • 2014 E350 Wagon 4MATIC
  • 2014 GLK350
  • 2014 SL550
  • 2012 CLS550 4MATIC
  • 2012-2016 E350
  • 2016-2017 GL450 4MATIC
  • 2012-2014 ML350 4MATIC BlueTec
  • 2015 S550, S550 4MATIC
  • 2015 C300 4MATIC Sedan
  • 2015-2016 C300 Sedan
  • 2017 SL63 AMG

According to the recall, affected models received a control unit coding update that may deploy the wrong airbag during a collision, affect seatbelt recognition status, and engine control unit with an incorrect max speed limit setting.

“Depending on which vehicle control unit was improperly coded, the potential malfunctions as well as their influences on the vehicle operation are not fully known, but may include the deployment of an incorrect airbag during a crash, seatbelt recognition status, engine control unit with an incorrect maximum speed limit setting, among others, and may increase the risk of injury during a crash,” according to the report.

Mercedes-Benz has reported a software error in the coding process as the cause of the defect. The company will notify owners this month and dealers will update affected control units, all affected models are covered under warranty.

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