The new Mercedes-Benz A-Class has been recalled in Australia due to a manufacturing fault that could restrict the effectiveness of the passenger airbag.
According to the official recall notice on the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission’s (ACCC) product safety recalls website, the German manufacturer is recalling 46 third-generation Mercedes-Benz A-Class models built between June 1, 2012 and December 30, 2012, as the internal frame of the vehicles’ dashboards may not have been manufactured correctly.
The ACCC notice explains, “In the event of an accident this may restrict the deployment of the passenger airbag”.
“In the event of an accident, the airbag may deploy abnormally increasing the risk of injury to the occupant.”
Mercedes-Benz Australia's corporate communications manager Jerry Stamoulis told CarAdvice that of the 46 cars affected – comprising 42 A200 models and four A180 models – 25 are customer vehicles with the remainder being dealer stock.
Mercedes-Benz is contacting owners of the affected cars by mail to organise an inspection and, if required, replacement of the defective component at no cost to owners, with the fix expected to take an hour.
Stamoulis said there have been no injuries relating to the recall in our market.
The third-generation Mercedes-Benz A-Class went on sale locally in March this year, starting from $35,600 for the entry-level A180.