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Mercedes recalls 400000 cars for faulty steering wheel part

Mercedes-Benz has announced a major recall which could affect as many as 400,000 cars in the UK.

The safety recall covers 495,000 vehicles in the United States, 400,000 in Britain, 76,000 in Canada and a few hundred thousand in Germany, company officials said.

The recalls covers some 2012-2018 model year A, B, C, and E-Class models and CLA, GLA and GLC vehicles.

"If the steering column module clock spring is broken and the wiring components are not sufficiently earthed, this could lead to an electrostatic discharge which could inadvertently deploy the driver's airbag", the spokesperson said.

The cars are considered to be safe to drive, but if the airbag warning light illuminates, drivers are advised to call roadside assistance or a Mercedes centre.

A potential issue has been detected in the affected cars' clock springs' earthing, which could cause the steering wheel airbag to deploy in certain circumstances. Mercedes-Benz will be contacting the affected customers and will ask them to bring their vehicle in. It is not clear if Mercedes-Benz will be issuing a similar recall in other markets as well including India.

The fix for the problem takes an hour and will be performed at no cost to customers.

The auto manufacturer said affected customers would be contacted about having their vehicle recalled and repaired.

The firm added: 'This is not related to any Takata recall'.



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