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The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration announced on its website that Mercedes-Benz is recalling certain 2008-2011 model year Sprinter vans for a passenger compartment seatbelt issue. The recall, which is only valid for Sprinter vans with a second row bench seat, concerns seat belts that might not lock as required. Additionally, NHTSA adds that "the assembly loop may not perform to minimum force requirements."

Seatbelt recalls are always serious considering that they are typically the first, best line of defense in the event of an accident. In such cases, passengers with defective belts may not be properly fastened, which could lead to increased risk of injury or death.

Since Mercedes-Benz took over responsibility for the sales and service of all Sprinter Vans (including Dodge-branded models) back in 2009, owners of affected vehicles will need to take their vans to the nearest Mercedes retail outlet for repairs. The dealers will inspect and replace any seat belt assemblies that don't meet requirements. Hit the jump to read over the NHTSA press release.



[Source: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration]
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Vehicle Make / Model: Model Year(s):
DODGE / SPRINTER 2500 2008-2011
DODGE / SPRINTER 3500 2008-2011

Manufacturer: MERCEDES-BENZ USA, LLC - DBA SPRINTER Mfr's Report Date: MAR 29, 2011

NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 11V210000

Component: SEAT BELTS

Potential Number of Units Affected: 3,437

Summary:
MERCEDES-BENZ IS RECALLING CERTAIN MODEL YEAR 2008-2011 2500 AND 3500 SPRINTER VEHICLES EQUIPPED WITH AN OPTIONAL THREE-SEAT BENCH IN THE PASSENGER COMPARTMENT. THE SEAT BENCHES IN THE SECOND SEATING ROW MAY HAVE BEEN EQUIPPED WITH SAFETY BELTS THAT DO NOT MEET THE MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS OF FEDERAL MOTOR VEHICLE SAFETY STANDARD 208, "OCCUPANT PROTECTION IN INTERIOR IMPACT," AND MOTOR VEHICLE SAFETY STANDARD 209, "SEAT BELT ASSEMBLIES." FIRST, THOSE SAFETY BELTS MAY NOT LOCK AS REQUIRED. SECOND, THE ASSEMBLY LOOP MAY NOT PERFORM TO MINIMUM FORCE REQUIREMENTS.

Consequence:
IN THE EVENT OF A CRASH, THE SAFETY BELTS IN THESE VEHICLES MAY NOT PERFORM AS REQUIRED SUCH THAT A SEAT OCCUPANT MAY NOT BE PROPERLY RESTRAINED, INCREASING THE RISK OF INJURY OR DEATH IN THE EVENT OF A CRASH.

Remedy:
MERCEDES-BENZ WILL INSPECT AND REPLACE ANY SEAT BELT ASSEMBLIES THAT DO NOT MEET THE REQUIREMENTS FREE OF CHARGE. THE SAFETY RECALL IS EXPECTED TO BEGIN DURING MAY 2011. OWNERS MAY CONTACT MERCEDES-BENZ AT 843-695-5000.


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      • 4 Years Ago
      Not quite relevant to the sealbelt issue but I thought it was pretty funny and ironic.

      On Saturday, in the span of less than 1km, I saw a transport-truck advertising the MB Sprinter and a few cars later, a Sprinter on a two truck!
      • 4 Years Ago
      Just curious, but where does the Sprinter fit into Dodge? I'm assuming they are built by MB still as long as they are servicing it? So is Dodge just a resaler? a Middle man? It's not really joint operated, since the V-Class has been around before the merger.

      Was it their part of the settlement after the divorce from Daimler Benz? Does MB just give them to Dodge as hush hush money after raping them in the merger?
      • 4 Years Ago
      OK. So the headline says Dodge Sprinter vans recalled. then it says that Mercedes is handling the recall, and it is known that the Sprinter is a Mercedes product whether it has a Dodge, Mercedes, or Freightliner grill. The press release only mentions the Dodge. So... is only the the vans with the Dodge grill that are being recalled? Are they not exactly the same for all three versions? Inquiring minds want to know!
        • 4 Years Ago
        Chrysler's on a quasi-roll...anything to make them look bad...LOL
      • 4 Years Ago
      What kind of passenger van have no windows? Is it that difficult to post a photo of one with windows? I know, I am straying from the subject here, just making a simple point here.