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Recall 17V076000

Passenger Frontal Air Bag May Not Deploy In A Crash

Recall Details

The occupant classification system may mistake an adult for a child, resulting in the passenger frontal air bag not deploying as needed in an accident. Dealers will inspect the routing of the pressure hose of the seat occupancy detection control unit and replace the hose and detection mat if necessary free of charge to resolve the concern.

Our Quick Take

The passenger frontal air bag may not deploy in an accident, because the system that detects an occupant in the passenger front seat may malfunction. The system may mistake an adult for a child, which deactivates the air bag from deploying. This would result in increased risk of occupant injury.

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 March, 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., February 8, 2017

Original Recall from the NHTSA

Manufacturer's Report Date
February 8, 2017
NHTSA Action Number
N/A
Potential Number of Units Affected
12,456
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number
17V076000
Component
AIR BAGS
Summary
Mercedes-Benz USA, LLC (MBUSA) is recalling certain 2017 E300, E300 4Matic, and E43 AMG vehicles. The front passenger occupant detection control unit may have been incorrectly installed. As a result, the front passenger seat occupant may be misclassified. For example, an adult may be misclassified as a child seat, causing the front passenger air bag to be deactivated in the event of a crash.
Consequence
If the passenger front air bag does not deploy as intended in the event of a crash, it can increase the risk of a injury.
Remedy
MBUSA will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the routing of the pressure hose of the seat occupancy detection control unit and replace the pressure hose and seat occupancy detection mat if necessary, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin in early March 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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