Mercedes-Benz is a company synonymous with supreme luxury and outstanding quality. The automaker has spent decades refining its image and proving that it can make solid cars, but all brands are susceptible to the occasional issue. Car Complaints is now reporting that the German brand has discovered an issue with the S500 and S580 Mercedes-Benz S-Class, as well as the Mercedes-Maybach S580. The issue pertains to airbags, which have been causing headaches for numerous automakers of late. Volkswagen, Volvo, Audi, and General Motors have all dealt with airbag recalls this year, prompting the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to investigate.
The recall pertains to vehicles from the 2021 model year, with more than 1,300 examples of the abovementioned vehicles being subjected to the recall. The issue lies with the passenger frontal airbags that may deactivate, which can be caused by a software issue for the airbag control unit. Fortunately, you should be aware if your car is affected since a warning light will activate on the cluster and a warning message will be displayed saying, “Restraint System Malfunction Service Required.”
Affected owners should also have already received recall notices from local dealers, but if you’re unsure of whether your car is affected, you can make direct contact to schedule an evaluation. Should there be an issue with your vehicle, Mercedes will rectify it at no cost to you.
Airbag technology has been around for a long time, but even in the most prestigious companies on the planet, quality issues do sometimes crop up from time to time. Most recently, Mercedes had to recall the electric EQS sedan for another software issue that could distract the driver by playing videos and TV while the car is in motion. With regards to the current airbag issue, we’re sure that the problem is minor and should be very easy to rectify, but if it requires replacement of the entire airbag system, at least Mercedes will have a use for the old airbags as material for its new clothing line.