The German company has confirmed that this recall is not connected to the infamous Takata airbag scandal.
German carmaker, Mercedes-Benz, has announced a recall of four lakh vehicles in the UK due to a potential airbag issue. Certain units of the company’s A-Class, B-Class, C-Class, E-Class, GLA, CLA and GLC models manufactured between November, 2011 and July, 2017 are affected under this recall.
According to Mercedes, the clock spring model in the steering column of the affected models have a potential issue where they could break and cause the airbag to deploy. This might happen as a result of the wiring not being earthed properly, which in turn could cause an electrostatic discharge. Owners have been told a warning light will appear on the instrument cluster if such an issue exists. In that scenario, the owners must visit their nearest certified dealer for the fix.
The voluntary recall will involve a one hour process of replacing the clock spring model on the affected units. Mercedes claims that there have been around 30 cases globally regarding airbags deploying prematurely. This has been responsible for minor injuries in some cases, but no fatalities.
The German company, in July, 2017, had recalled over three million diesel cars across Europe, which costed it about €22 million. The company performed a software update in order to fix the diesel engine emissions to make it comply better with the European standards.