Mercedes CLA recalled for steering column grounding issue


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Mercedes-Benz has issued a silent recall of the CLA to fix a steering column grounding issue, which may trigger the driver side airbag through electrostatic discharge. 

The exact batch of cars and the total number of vehicles affected is unknown. Owners can check if their vehicle is among those recalled by entering the Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) on this website.

A letter dated 18 June 2018 has been sent out to customers by a dealership in the National Capital Region (NCR). The letter explains the reason for the recall in brief. It says that the steering column of the vehicle may not be sufficiently grounded. This, in combination with internal damage to the connections in the steering column switch module, could trigger the airbag for no obvious reason, increasing the risk of accident and injury. The malfunction would be noticeable beforehand by an airbag warning message in the instrument cluster along with a red airbag indicator lamp.

As a precautionary measure, Mercedes-Benz has decided to create sufficient grounding for the steering column. The work will be carried out free of charge and is expected to take approximately 1 hour to complete.

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