Mercedes-Benz is the latest in a list of auto manufacturers recalling vehicles over airbag malfunctions. According to a report posted by the company on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) website, the automaker has recalled 126,000 vehicles in the U.S. over a defect in the airbag control unit. The malfunction either causes the airbags not to deploy in a crash, or may deploy unexpectedly at any other time.
Affected Mercedes-Benz models include:
- GLK350 (2010)
- C350 AMG (2008-2009)
- C63 AMG (2008-2009)
- C300 (2008-2009)
So far, Mercedes has not received any reports of any accidents of injuries related to the problem.
The auto industry continues to struggle with a long series of airbag deficiencies, involving 19 million airbags worldwide manufactured by Takata, a Japanese manufacturer. The CEO is now planning to resign to demonstrate that the company takes responsibility for what has become the auto industry’s largest recall. Widely criticized for keeping a low profile as the airbag crisis escalated into a scandal, the company is being accused of manipulating and mishandling safety data. The company will hold a meeting on Friday to announce the company’s change in leadership.
In addition to deployment issues, the airbags can potentially explode in a crash and send sharp shards of metal toward the vehicle’s occupants. Other manufacturers who have had issues with Takata airbags include Chrysler, Honda, Ford, Nissan, BMW, and Toyota.
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