Mercedes Benz has recalled around 48,000 of its SUVs due to an airbag sensor problem.
This defect could prevent the front passenger-side airbag from deploying when a crash occurs. The recall affects several Mercedes Benz 2016 and 2017 SUV models including Mercedes GLE, GLS and GL models. According to the documents submitted to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the front passenger side Occupant classification System calibration could have a defect. In this post, Chicago auto accident attorney accident attorney will discuss the various aspects of this recall and how it affects consumers.
Failure of airbags to deploy
Due to sensor problems, the system may incorrectly identify the occupant as a child and deactivate the front passenger side airbag. To date, it’s not clear whether this defect has resulted in any injuries or deaths. Mercedes-Benz will notify the owners and update the sensor software at no cost. This is not the first time that Mercedes-Benz has had to issue a recall.
Last year too, Mercedes had to recall nearly a million of their vehicles that were equipped with defective Takata airbag inflators. Takata, is the largest recall in the automobile history and the airbags could kill the occupants that they were meant to protect. MeMercedes-Benz agreed to pay the dealers $325-$1,775 per recalled vehicle per month until they are fixed. They also announced that vehicle owners who currently own one the recalled 2013 or 2014 vehicles with a defective Takata airbag can get $2,000 towards a new Mercedes Benz.
When a safety device such as airbags fail to deploy in event of a crash, the resulting injuries can be life threatening. We all count on these life saving devices to provide with us with an extra layer of protection in event of a crash. When it doesn’t happen, the occupants face an increased risk of sustaining serious and even catastrophic injuries, such as traumatic brain injuries, lacerations, internal injuries and spinal cord damage.
Vehicle product liability lawsuits
If you’re not sure whether your vehicle is affected by the recall or not, you can find out by visiting safecar.gov and enter the vehicle identification number (VIN). If your vehicle is on the list, you should take it to the dealer right away for necessary repairs. You should never ignore a safety recall.
If you or someone close to you has been injured a result of an automobile defect, you may be eligible for filing a product liability claim against the auto manufacturer or the manufacturer of the defective part.
You can seek compensation for resulting damages including medical expenses, hospitalization, lost wages, rehabilitation, emotional distress and pain and suffering. Family members of a deceased person can bring a wrongful death suit against the at-fault party. To make a successful claim, you should seek help from a competent Chicago car accident lawyer.