Over 5900 more vehicles could be fitted with faulty airbags
Mercedes-Benz Australia has expanded its Takata airbag recall campaign, which affects the 2006-12 model-year GL, ML and SLK model lines.
The German marque says the number of units affected by the campaign has grown to 8817 vehicles – up from the 2850 previously reported.
It’s worth noting the Mercedes-Benz models included in this notice are fitted with the less-dangerous ‘beta’ inflators, though the recall is still related to a major safety issue.
Mercedes-Benz says the affected GL, ML and SLK units were available for sale from 1 August 2006 through 30 September 2012. A VIN list is attached here.
As with previous Takata airbag recalls, the recalled vehicles are fitted with inflators that may degrade over time due to high temperatures and humidity.
If the condition occurs, the metal inflator housing may explode or rupture when deployed in the event of a collision, shooting metal fragments into the cabin – posing a significant risk of injury, even death, to the vehicle’s occupants.
Owners are urged to contact their local dealer to arrange replacement airbags free of charge. Alternatively, you can contact Mercedes-Benz Australia on 1300 659 307 between 8:30am and 5:00pm.
You can also check out all the makes and models affected in Australia on the ACCC’s recall website.
Faulty Takata airbags have been linked to 19 deaths globally, including one in Australia, along with some 200 injuries. While 12 manufacturers have already issued recall notices for over 5 million vehicles in Australia, the government wants further action to be taken.