Faulty airbags sees Mercedes recall 400,000 cars in UK

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Mercedes has announced it is recalling 400,000 models in the UK after becoming aware of airbags accidentally deploying.

The recall applies to A, B, C and E-Class models as well as CLA, GLA and GLC models built between November 2011 and July 2017.

Motorists are advised the cars are safe to drive under normal conditions, but owners are warned to contact their dealership or Mercedes-Benz Roadside Assistance on 00800 1777 7777 if a red airbag warning light appears on the dashboard.

What is causing the Mercedes airbag malfunction?

Mercedes say a clock spring model in the steering column could break, causing the airbag to deploy. The free fix, which will take around an hour, will replace the clock spring model.

The luxury vehicle producer has confirmed the recall is unrelated to any Takata airbag recall and says while there hasn’t been an instance of an airbag wrongly deploying in the UK, there have been 30 cases worldwide, with no fatalities.

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