As a part of the massive Takata airbag recall, Mercedes-Benz recalled 700,000 defective airbags installed in its vehicles between 2005 and 2017. These airbags can lead to serious injuries and even death during relatively minor accidents.
Mercedes-Benz Recall Quick Facts:
- Mercedes-Benz recalled 10 models manufactured between 2005-2017.
- Not all replacement parts are currently available.
- Affected owners can receive a replacement airbag free of charge.
- Mercedes-Benz is not currently offering loaner vehicles to owners.
- Both driver- and passenger-side airbags are affected.
Updated March 15, 2018
Source: Mercedes-Benz USA
Mercedes-Benz Recall List
You can check to see if there is an open recall on your Mercedes-Benz by entering your Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) in our Takata Recall Search Tool. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the Mercedes-Benz vehicles with open recalls related to defective Takata airbags include (as of March 2018):
- 2005-2015 Mercedes-Benz C-Class
- 2010-2011 Mercedes-Benz E-Class
- 2011-2017 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Cabrio
- 2010-2017 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Coupe
- 2009-2012 Mercedes-Benz GL-Class
- 2010-2015 Mercedes-Benz GLK-Class
- 2009-2010 Mercedes-Benz ML-Class
- 2009-2012 Mercedes-Benz R-Class
- 2007-2008 Mercedes-Benz SLK-Class
- 2011-2015 Mercedes-Benz SLS-Class
There are an estimated 37 million cars, trucks, vans, SUVs, and motorcycles currently covered by the Takata recall as of March 2018. Accounting for about 50 million airbags, this is the largest automotive recall in United States history. The NHTSA expects to expand this recall to between 65 and 70 million airbags before it is over in December 2019.
The Issue with Takata Airbags
The defect in these airbags stems from the chemical compound used to inflate the airbag. Takata used an ammonium nitrate compound without a drying agent. Long-term exposure to heat and humidity can cause this unstable compound to degrade.
When ignited during deployment, it can cause the metal inflator to shatter, sending shrapnel flying throughout the vehicle. First responders to some of these accidents have reported seeing injuries similar to those sustained in a shooting or stabbing to the face or neck.
Call Your Dealership If You Have a Recalled Airbag in Your Mercedes-Benz
If your Mercedes-Benz has recalled airbags, you need to contact your local dealership for a free repair or replacement as soon as possible. These airbags, when deployed, are dangerous to everyone in your vehicle.
More than 20 people have died because of these defective airbags as of March 2018, and hundreds more suffered injuries, impairments, and scarring. To ensure your and your family’s safety, call your nearest authorized Mercedes-Benz service center right away for a free repair or replacement airbag.
Mercedes-Benz Recall Completion Rates
Mercedes-Benz still has a large percentage of vehicles affected by the Takata airbag recalls on the road, with no repairs made. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Mercedes service centers have completed about 18,200 repairs on defective Takata airbags as of March 2018. These replacements account for less than three percent of the total 706,000 Mercedes-Benz vehicles recalled. This is the lowest repair rate of the 19 involved automakers.
This extremely low replacement completion rate tells us that many vehicles with defective airbags remain on the roads, and the occupants of these vehicles remain at risk of serious, catastrophic injuries or even death if their airbag inflator ruptures during an accident.
Note: As of March 15, 2018, Mercedes-Benz does not have parts available for all vehicles under recall. According to Mercedes-Benz, you will receive a recall notice when parts are available for your specific vehicle.
Holding Mercedes-Benz Liable for Your Damages
If we can show that a defective Takata airbag in your Mercedes-Benz caused or contributed to your accident injuries, we can hold the automaker liable for your damages. We can file a lawsuit on your behalf and provide evidence from your medical records and other documents to show the injuries you suffered because of metal shrapnel released from your airbag.
Contact a Mercedes-Benz Airbag Recall Lawsuit Lawyer About Your Injuries
The airbag recall lawsuit attorneys from Newsome Melton are currently accepting injury and wrongful death cases related to defective Takata airbags. We offer free reviews and will pursue the full amount of compensation you deserve if we believe we can show that a defective airbag caused your injuries. Call us today to get started: 888-808-5977.