Mercedes Recalling 126,000 Vehicles To Fix Airbags That Can Inflate Without Crash

Nov 04, 2015 03:49 PM EST | John Nassivera


Mercedes-Benz has issued a recall for over 126,000 vehicles due to a problem that causes their airbags to inflate without there being a crash.

The automaker says that the issue stems from a manufacturing error that can make the airbag control unit stop working, according to the Associated Press. This malfunction can result in the airbags deploying unexpectedly, or even not deploying when there is a crash.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said that the recall covers cars and SUVs made in the U.S., including the 2008 and 2009 C-300, C-350 and C-63 as well as the 2010 GLK-350 4-Matric, The Philadelphia Business Journal reported.

Mercedes has so far received three reports of unintended deployments in the U.S., as well as three reports in other countries involving the same issue, according to AP. Whether anyone was hurt in the incidents has yet to be determined.

While the company has yet to figure out when it will start the recall, it plans on notifying owners by the end of the year and have dealers inspect and replace the control unit if necessary.

Whether Mercedes will provide owners with loan cars while repairs are being made has also not been determined, The New York Times reported.

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