Though 30 cases have been reported worldwide, Mercedes is only issuing a recall in the UK for 400,000 vehicles over a potential airbag safety issue. Affected models includes the A-Class, B-Class, C-Class, and E-Class, and CLA, GLA, and GLC ranges, manufactured between November 2011 and July 2017.
No, this isn’t related to the exploding Takata airbag scandal and no deaths were reported in relation the issue. The problem Mercedes has is with the clock spring model in the steering column, which could break and deploy the airbag outside of a crash.
"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," said a Mercedes-Benz spokesperson.
Owners are urged to contact roadside assistance if the air bag warning light comes on, otherwise the listed models are safe to drive. Even if the light doesn’t turn on, Mercedes will still contact owners with affected vehicles and the fix will take less than one hour to complete. All the service department has to do is replace the clock spring model, free or charge.
Currently, we don’t know if Mercedes will issue a recall in other markets aside from the UK.