Daimler recalls 400000 Mercedes Benz cars in the UK

Doris Richards
October 16, 2017

Mercedes is to recall over 400,000 cars - including a number of A-Class hatchback, B-Class MPV, C and E-Class saloon and Mercedes CLA models - due to a potentially faulty component on the cars' steering columns.

No fatalities have been reported in connection with the recall.

An electrostatic discharge, coupled with a broken clock spring and insufficient grounding of steering components, can lead to inadvertent deployment of the driver side front air bag in vehicles subject to the recall, the company said.

The luxury vehicle producer has confirmed the recall is unrelated to any Takata airbag recall and says while there hasn't been an instance of an airbag wrongly deploying in the United Kingdom, there have been 30 cases worldwide, with no fatalities.

Under the recall, the automaker will replace the clock spring model on the affected vehicles, a process which is said to take an hour at the most.

A Mercedes-Benz spokesperson told the BBC that the airbag issue only affected certain vehicles in "rare circumstances". It is not clear if Mercedes-Benz will be issuing a similar recall in other markets as well including India.

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

But it warned: 'If the airbag warning light comes on then customers should call Mercedes-Benz Roadside Assistance, or contact their nearest retailer.

The firm added: 'This is not related to any Takata recall'.

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