Mercedes-Benz Australia has added the previous-generation GL, ML and SLK to the ever-growing Takata airbag inflator recall.
Affected vehicles are fitted with the less-dangerous – but still potentially deadly – 'beta' inflators. Over time, a combination of high temperatures and humidity can make the airbag propellant degrade.
If a car with Takata airbags is involved in a crash, sharp metal fragments could shoot through the airbag cushion, posing a serious risk of injury of death.
A total of 2850 vehicles sold between August 1, 2006 and September 30, 2012 across the three model lines are included in the campaign – a VIN list is attached here.
Mercedes-Benz is asking owners of affected vehicles to contact their local dealership or the local division's head office for a free replacement. Concerned owners can call 1800 659 307 during business hours or use the VIN lookup at this address.
Faulty Takata airbags have been linked to 19 deaths globally, including one in Australia, along with some 200 injuries. While 12 manufacturers have already issued recall notices for around 4 million vehicles in Australia, the government wants further action to be taken.
Owners who think their vehicle could be affected should check to see if their unit's make, model and vehicle identification number (VIN) are listed on the Product Safety Australia website.