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Mercedes-Benz SL63 AMG Recall 13V542000

Passenger Front Air Bag May Shut Off Unintentionally

Recall Details

The occupant detection system may unintentionally shut off the passenger front air bag due to a sensitivity issue in the sensor mounted within the passenger seat cushion. Dealers will replace the passenger side seat cushion which includes the sensor free of charge to resolve the concern.

Our Quick Take

The occupant detection system that determines if a passenger is sitting in the front seat so that the air bag will deploy in an accident may not work properly. As a result, the air bag may be unintentionally be shut off.

What Should You Do?

Mercedes-Benz notified owners of affected vehicles starting in December 2013. You can check with your dealer to see if your vehicle is involved in this program. It is helpful to have your VIN (Vehicle Identification Number) on hand when you contact them.

Body, Interior & Misc., November 1, 2013

Original Recall from the NHTSA

Model Year(s)
Manufacturer's Report Date
November 1, 2013
NHTSA Action Number
N/A
Potential Number of Units Affected
130
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number
13V542000
Component
AIR BAGS

Summary
Mercedes-Benz (Mercedes) is recalling certain model year 2013 SL63, SL550, and SL65 vehicles manufactured January 16, 2013, through April 30, 2013. The affected vehicles are equipped with an occupant classification system (OCS) that may not detect a very light person sitting in the front passenger seat.
Consequence
If the OCS does not detect a very light person sitting in the seat, the passenger side air bag would be turned off. In the event of a crash necessitating side air bag deployment, the passenger would be at an increased risk of injury.
Remedy
Mercedes will notify owners, and dealers will replace the passenger side seat cushion including the OCS. The recall is expected to begin in December 2013. Owners may contact Mercedes at 1-201-573-0600.
Notes
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.
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