Anton Andres / NHTSA | May 20, 2016 13:30
Precautionary recall in US and Canada
Earlier this month, the US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) disclosed the matter regardingthe recall to be carried out by Takata. Takata has agreed to declare 35 to 40 million front airbag modules in the United States as being defective. The main source of the recall was the chemical drying agent in the airbag that causes corrosion and potentially send shrapnel to the front occupants.
The recall sees Takata calling in cars over the period of May 2016 to December 2019 in several stages. Daimler is currently unaware of any cases of the defect that Takata has recognized in an airbag inflator in their vehicles worldwide. As a precaution, the company will be recalling cars with the potentially defective module.
Daimler AG has set aside over 100 million euros in connection with the extended recall of airbags by the supplier Takata in the United States and Canada. Daimler assures the public that the anticipated expense will not affect earnings from the ongoing business and will be reported separately. The company also said that the negative impact on the cash flow caused by the recalls will be spread over the mentioned timeframe and will be minor for 2016.
Mercedes-Benz, a subsidiary of Daimler AG, has set up a special page in their website where owners can check to see if their car is affected by the recall. Owners can simply enter their car's respective Vehicle Identification Number in the site to find out if they have to visit a Mercedes-Benz dealership to replace the defective module. Cars affected in the recall include the Mercedes-Benz C-class, E-class, GL-class, M-class, and SLK made from model years 2005 to 2014. The 2006 to 2012 Mercedes-Benz R-Class is also part of the list, as well as the SLS AMG.