Mercedes-Benz has added the 2008-11 C-Class and 2009-13 R-Class to the ever-growing list of cars on the Takata airbag recalls list.
UPDATE, 13/8/18: This recall has been expanded to include C-Class models through to the 2011 model year, increasing the number of affected vehicles to 24,478 units. An updated VIN list can be viewed here.
As impacted Takata airbags age, a combination of heat and humidity can make the propellant degrade. If the vehicle is involved in a collision triggering the airbag, the inflator housing can explode or rupture, sending metal fragments shooting into the cabin.
A total of 3528 vehicles is included in the recall – a VIN list is attached.
Mercedes-Benz is asking affected owners to get in touch with their nearest dealership to have their faulty airbags replaced. Concerned drivers can call 1300 659 307 during business hours, or use the online VIN lookup tool for more information.
This latest notice comes after the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) added approximately 1.1 million vehicles to the Takata campaign earlier this week – with some 25,000 units still believed to be fitted with the more dangerous 'alpha' airbags Down Under.
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.