The fault - a clock spring in the steering column that can break - could cause the driver’s airbag to deploy

Mercedes-Benz will issue a recall for around 400,000 cars in the UK to fix a steering column component that can break and cause the driver’s airbag to deploy. 

The recall implicates the A-Class, B-Class, C-Class, E-Class, CLA, GLA and GLC - more than half of the brand’s current range - built between November 2011 and July 2017. The GLK, predecessor to the GLC, is also affected, but this model was never sold in the UK. The new E-Class is not affected. 

The fault involves a steering column module clock spring, which if broken can trigger an airbag warning and illuminate the airbag warning light. If certain wiring components are not earthed sufficiently, this could cause the driver’s airbag to deploy from an electrostatic charge. 

Mercedes was keen to stress that the cars are safe to drive, although if the airbag warning light does come on, drivers should contact roadside assistance or their nearest Mercedes-Benz dealer.

Mercedes is contacting owners of affected cars, and the fix will take less than an hour to complete. It's yet to be confirmed whether the issue has caused any incident of a driver’s airbag deploying spontaneously. 

The A-Class and C-Class are two of the UK’s best-selling cars, accounting for more than 73,000 registrations in this year alone. 

The recall follows a previous action affecting several hundred thousand cars, in which Mercedes tweaked software for its 1.5-litre, 2.0-litre, 2.2-litre and 3.0-litre diesel engines. 

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16 October 2017

Another example that shows quality and engineering prowess in German cars isn't as thorough as people are led to believe and as all the marketing hype suggests. Robust German quality and engineering is a myth.

16 October 2017
Roadster wrote:

Another example that shows quality and engineering prowess in German cars isn't as thorough as people are led to believe and as all the marketing hype suggests. Robust German quality and engineering is a myth.

 

As I found out, BMW built fantastic engines, but they built them very fragile.   After suffering faults with a potential repair bill at more than the value of the car, I had an internet search as it was quite revealing at how many others suffer the same problems, across many models of BMW.

 

VW had emissions, BWM unrealiability that's hugely expensive to fix.   Which would you choose?

17 October 2017
Symanski wrote:

..As I found out, BMW built fantastic engines, but they built them very fragile.   After suffering faults with a potential repair bill at more than the value of the car, I had an internet search as it was quite revealing at how many others suffer the same problems, across many models of BMW.

 

VW had emissions, BWM unrealiability that's hugely expensive to fix.   Which would you choose?

If only I got a quid for every time you went on about your issues with BMW's engines.....

17 October 2017
Overdrive wrote:

If only I got a quid for every time you went on about your issues with BMW's engines.....

 

You still wouldn't have enough to fix them.   But I'm glad the message is getting through to you.

 

17 October 2017
Symanski wrote:

Overdrive wrote:

If only I got a quid for every time you went on about your issues with BMW's engines.....

 

You still wouldn't have enough to fix them.   But I'm glad the message is getting through to you.

 

The message got through the first 20 times you posted it.....honest!

17 October 2017
Overdrive wrote:

The message got through the first 20 times you posted it.....honest!

 

You might want to recheck your arithmetic.

 

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16 October 2017

Roadster, you do spout some rubbish at times.

All car manufacturers of all nationalities have recalls.....its just a function of engineering being fallible no matter which country the cars of origin. The British manufacturers have also had their fair share, which you neglect to mention because it suits your ludicrous cause!

Mostly it is down to a third party part which could frankly come from anywhere in the world (we live in a Global economy if you had'nt heard) , and is not an indication of poor quality.

Thank god these recall systems are in place to keep us safe.

The press love these headlines and blow it out of all proportion.

16 October 2017

The Germans overestimate their intelligence.

16 October 2017

The Germans overestimate their intelligence.

16 October 2017

The Germans overestimate their intelligence.

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