Daimler to Recall Over 1 Million Vehicles Worldwide for Broken Clock Spring

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October 17, 2017

The recall is for Mercedes-Benz SUVs and cars in the United States, Britain, Canada and Germany.

Daimler AG will recall more than 1 million Mercedes-Benz SUVs and cars worldwide to fix unintended airbag deployment issues, Reuters reported.

The recall affects 495,000 vehicles in the United States, 400,000 in Britain, 76,000 in Canada and a few hundred thousand in Germany, although Daimler has not yet issued a final tally. The recall covers some 2012 through 2018 model year A, B, C and E-Class models, plus some CLA, GLA and GLC vehicles.

The inadvertent airbag deployment can happen when an electrostatic discharge is coupled with a broken clock spring and insufficient grounding of steering components. In affected vehicles, the airbag deploys from the driver’s side.

The fix will include new grounding and steering components. No deaths have been reported as a result of the unintended airbag deployment, but a Mercedes-Benz spokeswoman said there have been “a handful of instances where drivers suffered minor abrasions or bruises.”

Daimler’s over-the-counter shares traded up 0.44% to $80.67 Monday afternoon.

Original headline: Daimler to Recall Over 1 Million Vehicles on Airbag Concerns

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