Mercedes announces UK recall of 400k cars

Spread across various model lines built between 2011 and July 2017, the recall covers a large portion of the Mercedes passenger car range

Mercedes-Benz has announced a major recall in light of malfunctioning airbags in cars built between 2011 and July this year. Affecting A, B, C, E and CLA model lines, the recall will see over 400,000 units return to dealers. 

Although there have been no reported incidents in the UK resulting from the fault, there have been 30 cases of accidental airbag deployment in other markets, thankfully with no fatalities recorded thus far.

Subscribe to evo magazine

Subscribe today to our exclusive new offer and SAVE 39% on the shop price, get evo for its original cover price of £3.00 an issue, plus get a FREE gift worth £20!

> Click here for our new vs old showdown

Mercedes-Benz assures owners that a warning light will show to pre-empt the malfunction and is urging owners to contact their local dealerships ASAP if an airbag warning light does switch on. The core of the problem is said to be a malfunctioning clock spring in the steering column, which could cause accidental detonation of the airbag system.

Advertisement
Advertisement - Article continues below

After the turmoil created by the Takata airbag scandal of the last few years, it is not at all surprising to see car manufacturers tread extremely lightly around the issue of malfunctioning airbags. 

Advertisement

Recommended

Visit/mercedes/202269/2021-mercedes-amg-gt73-4-door-hybrid-spied-testing
Mercedes

2021 Mercedes-AMG GT73 4-Door hybrid spied testing

20 Feb 2020
Visit/mercedes/21929/next-generation-2021-mercedes-c-class-spied
Mercedes

Next-generation Mercedes C-class spied

31 Jan 2020
Visit/mercedes/18211/mercedes-amg-one-hypercar-shown-in-new-teaser-video
Mercedes

Mercedes-AMG One hypercar shown in new teaser video 

6 Dec 2019
Visit/mercedes/201615/mercedes-amg-gt-r-black-series-spied-with-gt3-inspired-front-end
Mercedes

Mercedes-AMG GT R Black Series spied with GT3-inspired front end

17 Sep 2019
Advertisement

Most Popular

Visit/bmw/202285/522bhp-bmw-i4-rival-for-tesla-model-3-performance-teased
BMW

522bhp BMW i4 rival for Tesla Model 3 Performance teased 

BMW’s all-electric i4 four-door coupe set to enter production in 2021 
25 Feb 2020
Visit/saloons/202277/bmw-m5-competition-v-mercedes-amg-e63-s-600bhp-supersaloons-go-head-to-head
Saloons

BMW M5 Competition v Mercedes-AMG E63 S - 600bhp supersaloons go head-to-head 

The BMW M5 Competition and Mercedes-AMG E63 S both boast more than 600bhp, 0-62 times in the threes, and massive road presence. Which begs the questio…
22 Feb 2020
Visit/volkswagen/202282/new-volkswagen-touareg-r-revealed-vws-performance-flagship-goes-hybrid
Volkswagen

New Volkswagen Touareg R revealed – VW’s performance flagship goes hybrid

Volkswagen has rolled out its new flagship Touareg R with a hybrid powertrain pinched from Porsche
24 Feb 2020
Visit/hyundai/201819/hyundai-i30-fastback-n-versus-the-nurburgring
Hyundai i30 N

Hyundai i30 Fastback N versus the Nurburgring

We brought the Hyundai i30 Fastback back to its spiritual home in Germany's Eifel mountains, where there is a racing track you might well have heard o…
7 Oct 2019