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Mercedes recalls 400,000 UK vehicles due to airbag issue

Mercedes-Benz will recall around 400,000 vehicles in the UK as it seeks to fix a potential airbag safety issue.

There have been no fatalities reported as a result of the fault, but Daimler is set to recall a million of its vehicles worldwide as a precaution, with almost half a million of those accounted for by the US.

The recall is the latest warranty work to be channeled through Mercedes-Benz dealerships following the decision to recall 75,000 cars in the UK over an electrical fault which presented a fire risk and three million vehicles globally in an effort to impliment an emissions-reducing software upgrade earlier this year.

The airbag fix procedure is said to take around an hour to carry out and will be applied to affected A-Class, B-Class, C-Class, and E-Class, CLA-Class, GLA-Class and GLC-Class models.

The affected vehicles were produced between November 2011 and July 2017.

A Mercedes-Benz spokesperson told the BBC that the airbag issue would only manifest itself in circumstances in which “the steering column module clock spring is broken and the wiring components are not sufficiently earthed”.

The spokesman said: “This could lead to an electrostatic discharge which could inadvertently deploy the driver's airbag”.

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