Mercedes-Benz E-Class under investigation by NHTSA for faulty air bags

2006 Mercedes-Benz E-Class

Mercedes-Benz E-class vehicles have garnered the attention of the NHTSA because of concerns of improper deployment of airbags. The agency said today in an internet posting that approximately 100,000 vehicles from model years 2005-2006 may be affected.

NHTSA officials have said they have received four complaints about failures in the module-wiring harness of the steering column, which can potentially result in air bags failing to inflate in the event of a frontal crash. No injuries have been reported to date.

Robert Moran, a company spokesperson based out of Montvale, N.J. had no immediate comment. The U.S. Congress has focused more attention on this issue in the wake of the recent troubles concerning Toyota and its recalls.

– By: Stephen Calogera

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