Mercedes-Benz, Freightliner Sprinter Vans Recalled to Fix Airbag System

February 27, 2017 by Carina Ockedahl, @Ockis9

Daimler Vans USA is recalling 15,338 Mercedes-Benz and Freightliner vehicles because the airbag control unit could be damaged during a crash, leading to a malfunction of the system.

The recall affects 2013-2016 Mercedes-Benz and Freightliner Sprinter 2500 and 3500 vans produced between April 1, 2013 and Nov. 8, 2016.

The airbag control unit is not equipped with a reinforcement plate and protective bracket. Without these components, it could be damaged during a frontal crash and may not function properly post-collision. In the event of a second impact to the vehicle the additional airbags may not deploy either, thereby increasing the chance of being injured.

“If additional air bags do not deploy as intended, the occupants are at an increased risk of injury,” said the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

No crashes or injuries related to this issue have been reported.

Daimler is also recalling certain 2015 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter 2500 and 3500 vehicles because they do not include a driveshaft catch strap.

Without the strap the drive shaft could become loose and hit the fuel tank — a potentially dangerous situation if fuel were to leak out.

“A loose driveshaft may strike and puncture the gas tank, resulting in a fuel leak, increasing the risk of a fire,” the NHTSA said.

The manufacturer is not aware of any customer complaints regarding this issue, according to the recall report.

Daimler will notify dealers about both recalls in March and owners will receive a notification soon after.

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