— Seat belts and seat belt pretensioners have been listed as the cause of many vehicle recalls and the latest Mercedes-Benz recall adds to the list.
The automaker says more than 12,700 vehicles are equipped with seat belt pretensioners that may fail in a crash.
Mercedes says the following vehicles are affected:
- 2017 Mercedes-Benz C300
- 2017 Mercedes-Benz C300 4Matic
- 2017 Mercedes-Benz C300 Coupe
- 2017 Mercedes-Benz C300 Coupe 4Matic
- 2017 Mercedes-Benz C43 AMG
- 2017 Mercedes-Benz C43 AMG Coupe
- 2017 Mercedes-Benz C43 AMG Cabrio
- 2017 Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG
- 2017 Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG Coupe
- 2017 Mercedes-Benz C63S AMG
- 2017 Mercedes-Benz C63S AMG Coupe
- 2017 Mercedes-Benz C63S Cabrio
- 2017 Mercedes-Benz GLC300
- 2017 Mercedes-Benz GLC300 4Matic
- 2017 Mercedes-Benz GLC43 AMG
- 2017 Mercedes-Benz S550
- 2017 Mercedes-Benz S550 4Matic
- 2017 Mercedes-Benz S550e
- 2017 Mercedes-Benz S600
- 2017 Mercedes-Benz S63 AMG 4Matic
- 2017 Mercedes-Benz S65
- 2017 Mercedes-Maybach S550 4Matic
- 2017 Mercedes-Maybach S600
Mercedes didn't go into details about what caused the defect other than saying it's the front seat belt pretensioners that are the problem and that replacement front seat belts aren't available.
If you own one of the recalled vehicles, watch for a recall notice in May 2017 and then another letter when Mercedes dealers have enough replacement seat belts.
Mercedes-Benz Steering Coupling Recall
Just days ago Mercedes recalled nearly 11,000 SUVs for problems with the steering couplings and the latest recall also involves steering couplings in an additional 168 vehicles.
- 2013-2014 Mercedes-Benz C250
- 2013-2014 Mercedes-Benz C300 4Matic
- 2013-2014 Mercedes-Benz GLK250 4Matic BLUETEC
- 2013-2014 Mercedes-Benz GLK350
- 2013 Mercedes-Benz C250 Coupe
- 2013 Mercedes-Benz C350
- 2013 Mercedes-Benz C350 4Matic Coupe
- 2013 Mercedes-Benz C350 Coupe
- 2013 Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG Coupe
- 2013-2015 Mercedes-Benz GLK350 4Matic
The automaker says the steering coupling connecting bolt may not be tight enough, possibly causing a complete loss of steering.
In the other Mercedes steering coupling recall, drivers can also lose the ability to steer the vehicles. But the previous recall was ordered because the steering coupling interlocks can wear down and cause a loss of steering, something dealers must fix by replacing the steering couplings.
This latest recall will see dealers only need to make sure the coupling connecting bolts are tight enough.
Mercedes-Benz says owners should watch for mailed notices in May 2017.
With questions about the Mercedes-Benz recalls, call the automaker at 800-367-6372.