400,000 Mercedes recalled due to airbag issue

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Daimler have recalled around 400,000 Mercedes-Benz cars in the UK over potential safety issue with the airbags.

The recall is part of a larger global effort that affects over a million cars worldwide, including 495,000 in the US.

The problem affects certain A, B, C, and E-Class models, together with CLA, GLA and GLC vehicles, built between November 2011 and July 2017. It’s expected the fix for the problem should only take an hour to correct.

A Mercedes-Benz spokesperson said that the airbag issue only affect certain vehicles in “rare circumstances”.

“If the steering column module clock spring is broken and the wiring components are not sufficiently earthed, this could lead to an electrostatic discharge which could inadvertently deploy the driver’s airbag,” the spokesperson said.

The cars are safe to drive but drivers are warned that if the airbag warning light illuminates, customers should call roadside assistance or contact their nearest Mercedes dealer.

Mercedes-Benz will contact all customers whose cars are involved to schedule appointments to implement the fix.

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