Mercedes-Benz has added the Vito, Viano and Valente sold between January 2, 2018 and December 31, 2014, to the ever-expanding Takata recall list.
As is the case with all Takata-equipped vehicles, a combination of heat and humidity can make the airbag propellant degrade. If a vehicle with a faulty inflator is involved in a crash, metal fragments can shoot into the cabin, putting passengers at risk of serious injury or death.
A total of 1297 vehicles are included in the campaign – a VIN list is attached here.
Owners are being asked to contact their Mercedes-Benz dealership to arrange a free replacement. Concerned drivers can call 1300 659 307 during business hours for more information, or go to this link.
The Takata airbag recall affects more than 100 million vehicles and nearly 20 automotive brands around the world. Among those are more than five million vehicles in Australia, the equivalent of four years of nationwide sales.
Globally, there have been 20 deaths linked to the scandal, and 230 serious injuries. One Australian motorist lost their life to a faulty Takata airbag in July 2017, one month after another Australian driver was seriously injured.
In February 2018, the recall of vehicles affected by the faulty Takata airbags was made compulsory under law, with affected manufacturers required to replace all defective airbags by the end of 2020. Last month the ACCC added some 1.1 million vehicles to the compulsory recall.
According to the Australian Government, the risk of a defective Takata airbag rupturing may arise between 6 and 25 years after it is installed in a vehicle. In areas of high heat and humidity, the risk of rupture may arise between 6 and 9 years.