Mercedes Benz has announced a major recall of its cars in the UK over concerns that some airbags might be prone to premature deployment.
The company said it was recalling a number of models including the A, B, C and E-Class, and CLA, GLA and GLC, built between November 2011 and July 2017. Estimates put the number of cars affected at around 400,000.
A spokesperson said that all customers whose vehicles might be affected will be contacted.
Though there have been no recorded cases of airbags deploying prematurely in the UK, the firm said there had been 30 such incidents globally, leading to the recall. Nobody has died as a result.
A Mercedes representative added: "If the steering column module clock spring is broken, the driver airbag warning light will be displayed in the instrument cluster, as well as a red airbag warning lamp. In rare circumstances, if the 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.
"Cars are safe to drive under normal operating conditions. If the airbag warning light comes on then customers should call Mercedes-Benz Roadside Assistance (00800 1777 7777), or contact their nearest retailer."
The fix for the problem takes an hour and will be performed at no cost to customers.