The Passenger Airbag May Not Deploy
Body, Interior & Misc., June 4, 2013
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Our Quick Take:
In the event of a crash, the passenger airbag may not deploy as expected.
What Should You Do?
Mercedes-Benz will notify owners of the affected 2013 SLK vehicles. If you don't receive notification and you feel you should have, please contact your dealer for further instruction. They may ask for your vehicle identification number (VIN), so please have it handy when you call.
The passenger seat cushion contains a sensing device (occupant classification system, or OCS) to determine if a child safety seat is in use on that seat. The system is designed to turn off the passenger airbag when the system senses a child safety seat in use. These vehicles are being recalled because the system may not correctly classify a very light weight person and incorrectly disable the passenger airbag. This would increase the risk of personal injury in the event of a crash. Dealers will replace the passenger seat cushion, including the OCS to correct this concern.
Mfr's Report Date:
June 4, 2013
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number:
NHTSA Action Number:
AIR BAGS , ELECTRICAL SYSTEM
Potential Number of Units Affected:
Mercedes-Benz (Mercedes) is recalling certain model year 2013 SLK250 and SLK350 vehicles manufactured October 9, 2012, through November 20, 2012. These vehicles are equipped with an occupant classification system (OCS) that may not correctly differentiate between a child seat or a very light person being in the front passenger seat.
If the OCS incorrectly classifies a very light person as being a child seat, in the event of a crash necessitating airbag deployment, the system would deactivate the passenger airbag, increasing the risk of injury.
Mercedes will notify owners, and dealers will replace the passenger side seat cushion including the OCS. The recall is expected to begin during June 2013. Owners may contact Mercedes at 1-201-573-0600.
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
Recall data provided by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration