Mercedes-Benz to Recall 1997 SL Models, 1998-1999 M-Class Models
30 November 1999Mercedes-Benz to Recall 1997 SL Models, 1998-1999 M-Class Models
4,400 SLs Will Receive Updated Airbag, M-Class Seat Belt Buckles Will Be Inspected MONTVALE, N.J., Nov. 30 -- Mercedes-Benz USA (MBUSA) today announced that it has initiated a recall of 1997 SL coupe/roadsters to replace driver's side airbag modules, affecting 4,400 vehicles. Exposure to high humidity conditions may result in corrosion that can cause the driver's front airbag to deploy unintentionally. MBUSA is immediately notifying owners of all affected vehicles, suggesting that they contact their retailer to schedule service. The airbag replacement takes approximately 30 minutes and will be conducted at no charge to clients. Separately, MBUSA will be inspecting 1998 and 1999 model M-Class sport-utility vehicles' front seat belt buckles and replacing buckles that were not properly manufactured by the supplier. If present, an improperly manufactured buckle could unlatch. At no charge to clients, new buckles will be installed by Mercedes-Benz retailers in vehicles found to have improperly manufactured buckles. There are no reports of buckles unlatching, and no injuries have been reported as a result of this issue.