There are new safety campaigns on the way for North America.
[UPDATE]: Mercedes-Benz USA has advised us on the specific models and years that are involved in the passenger side airbag recall. In addition, the company says, "NHTSA allocates the parts under the Coordinated Remedy Program based on their assessment of highest risk. We do not currently know when we will receive the parts and begin the replacement."
The affected models are as follows:
C-Class 2012 - 2014
GLK-Class 2013 - 2015
E-Class Coupe 2012 - 2017
E-Class Cabrio 2012 - 2017
SLS Coupe 2015
SLS Cabrio 2015
Daimler will reserve 500 million euros ($561 million at current exchange rates) to handle the upcoming repair costs of recalling more vehicles with Takata airbag inflators in North America, Automotive News reports. Mercedes-Benz will need to replace an additional 196,975 passenger side inflators in the U.S. because the components lack a desiccant – a substance to absorb moisture.
The recall expansion is the result of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration mandating the phased replacement of all Takata airbag inflators that don’t contain a desiccant. Prolonged exposure to humidity is a known factor in the parts rupturing because the chemical that causes them to deploy reacts too quickly when moist. Examples without a desiccant could be even more at risk because there’s nothing preventing them from getting too wet. NHTSA estimates the total population of these vehicles in the U.S. at 35 million to 40 million.
Daimler is not aware of any airbag inflator ruptures in its vehicles, anywhere in the world. However, the company is still following through with a replacement campaign because, “the safety of our customers has the highest priority for us,” according to the automaker’s statement. This is likely just the beginning of the company's expansion. "Given what's been going on, we would expect that there will be additional models in future phases," Mercedes-Benz USA spokesperson Donna Boland told Motor1.
Daimler will spread out the cost of reserving the $560 million throughout 2016. The company still expects a small increase in earnings before interest and taxes for the entire year.
Source: Automotive News, Daimler