Mercedes Recalling Over 1M Vehicles for Airbag Issue

Jason Siu
by Jason Siu

More than one-million Mercedes-Benz vehicles are being recalled worldwide due to a possible issue with an airbag.

According to parent company Daimler AG, the recall involves 495,000 vehicles in the U.S., 400,000 in Britain, 76,000 in Canada, and a few hundred thousand in Germany. The issue involves the inadvertent deployment of the driver-side front airbag, due to an electrostatic discharge, a broken clock spring, and insufficient grounding of steering components. To resolve the issue, the German automaker’s dealers will add new grounding to the steering components.

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No deaths related to the issue have been reported, but Autoblog reports a Mercedes-Benz spokeswoman in the U.S. says there had been “a handful of instances where drivers suffered minor abrasions or bruises.”

Affected models include 2012-2018 A-, B-, C-, and E-Class models, as well as the CLA, GLA, and GLC. Mercedes will be notifying owners and informing them of the next steps, which will include a free fix.

The recall is not related to the massive Takata airbag recall.

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Jason Siu
Jason Siu

Jason Siu began his career in automotive journalism in 2003 with Modified Magazine, a property previously held by VerticalScope. As the West Coast Editor, he played a pivotal role while also extending his expertise to Modified Luxury & Exotics and Modified Mustangs. Beyond his editorial work, Jason authored two notable Cartech books. His tenure at saw him immersed in the daily news cycle, yet his passion for hands-on evaluation led him to focus on testing and product reviews, offering well-rounded recommendations to AutoGuide readers. Currently, as the Content Director for VerticalScope, Jason spearheads the content strategy for an array of online publications, a role that has him at the helm of ensuring quality and consistency across the board.

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