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.
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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