Mercedes Benz announced that they will be recalling a small number of their 2013 SLK roadsters. More specifically, they are recalling 71 SLK250 and SLK350s that were produced between October 9, 2012, to November 20, 2012.
The defect lies in the passenger seat occupant classification sensor (OCS). Normally, this works in conjunction with the latest-generation airbag system by determining the approximate height and frame of the passenger, according to their weight. If the sensor detects that the passenger is lower than the weight threshold (generally under 105 pounds), then the airbag will not deploy. However, it is being reported that the sensor is unable to make that determination, potentially putting any passenger in the vehicle at risk, if the vehicle were to be involved in an accident.
Thus far, there have not been any reported accidents or injuries. The latest Mercedes recall will have registered owners bringing their vehicles back to their local dealership, so that the technicians can replace the OCS at no charge. Owners can contact their dealership to schedule a service appointment. Mercedes nor the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has announced when the recall will begin.
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