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Recall 16V903000

Passenger Frontal Air Bag May Not Deploy In A Crash

Recall Details

The occupant classification system (OCS) may disable the passenger frontal air bag in error when an adult is sitting in the passenger front seat. Dealers will update the OCS software free of charge to resolve the concern.

Our Quick Take

The passenger frontal air bag may not deploy as needed in a crash due to a fault within the Occupant Classification System (OCS). The OCS may not properly detect an adult in the passenger front seat, instead classifying the passenger as a child. When the OCS does this, it prevents the passenger frontal air bag from deploying, attempting to protect child occupants. As a result, there is an increased risk of injury to adult passengers.

What Should You Do?

Recall repairs on your Mercedes Benz vehicle must be performed by a Mercedes Benz dealership. Mercedes Benz will notify known owners of affected vehicles beginning in January 2017. If you do not receive a notification, but wish to check to see if your vehicle is included, please contact one of your local Mercedes Benz dealerships. They will also check for any other incomplete recalls on your vehicle. For best results, be prepared to provide your Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) to the service department consultant you speak with.

Body, Interior & Misc., December 15, 2016

Original Recall from the NHTSA

Manufacturer's Report Date
December 15, 2016
NHTSA Action Number
N/A
Potential Number of Units Affected
47,799
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number
16V903000
Component
AIR BAGS

Summary
Mercedes-Benz USA, LLC (MBUSA) is recalling certain model year 2016-2017 GL350 4Matic Bluetec, GL550 4Matic, GLE350 4Matic, GLE43 AMG Coupe, GLE450 4Matic, 2016 GLE300d 4Matic, GLE350, GLE350d 4Matic, GLE400 4Matic, GLE550e 4Matic, GLE63 AMG, GLE63 AMG 4Matic, GLE63S AMG 4Matic Coupe, and 2017 GLS63 AMG vehicles manufactured April 23, 2014, to May 10, 2016. The front passenger seat Occupant Classification System (OCS) calibration may be incorrect, and as a result, the system can incorrectly classify the occupant as a child seat, deactivating the front passenger air bag.
Consequence
If the front passenger air bag does not deploy as necessary in the event of a crash, the front passenger has an increased risk of injury.
Remedy
MBUSA will notify owners, and dealers will update the OCS software, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin in January 2017. Owners may contact MBUSA customer service at 1-800-367-6372.
Notify
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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