Mercedes-Benz Australia has expanded its Takata airbag recall further, now including the previous-generation 2010-17 model-year E-Class family, including the sedan, Coupe and Cabriolet variants.
UPDATE, 21/12/18: The company's local arm has confirmed affected E-Class sedans come under the 2010-11 model years. We've updated the article to reflect this information.
The German brand has already recalled the MY09-11 E-Class Coupe and Cabriolet, and now affected vehicles run through to the 2017 model year and include sedans, too.
Affected vehicles in the expanded notice have potentially faulty passenger inflators (Coupe/Cabriolet), and driver units (sedan), though all wear the less-serious 'beta' rating.
Like previous Takata recalls, the fault revolves around airbag inflators that degrade over time due to exposure to high temperatures and humidity.
If the condition occurs, the metal inflator housing could rupture when deployed, should the vehicle be involved in an accident, shooting metal fragments into the cabin.
This poses a risk of injury, even death, to the vehicle's occupants – though the 'beta' rating means there's a lower chance of this happening compared to more serious 'alpha' units.
There's 5132 units affected under the 2012-17 E-Class Coupe and Cabriolet model lines, and a further 199 2010-11 E-Class sedans.
As for the 2009-11 recall, the tally has increased from 270 to 4103 units – read the original article here.
Owners of the affected vehicles are urged to contact their local Mercedes-Benz dealer to arrange for a replacement airbag free of charge.
For more information, contact 1300 659 307.
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. The ACCC earlier this year 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.
Concerned owners can check if their vehicle needs a new inflator at www.IsMyAirbagSafe.com.au.