Owners of certain 2012 Mercedes-Benz E-Class coupes will need to make an unscheduled trip to the service bay soon, as the automaker has just announced a recall due to faulty side curtain airbags. A total of 499 E350 and E550 models are affected, all of which were built between April 2 and June 29, 2012.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the stitching on the "right side window curtain airbag" – the passenger side – may cause the bag to not deploy properly. NHTSA states that this airbag may deflate more quickly than it's supposed to, reducing the overall level of protection.

The official recall will kick off in November, where Mercedes-Benz dealers will replace the faulty airbag in these affected vehicles. Scroll down to read the full NHTSA report.
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Model Year(s): 2012
Report Receipt Date: OCT 09, 2012
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 12V492000
NHTSA Action Number: N/A
Potential Number of Units Affected: 499


Mercedes-Benz is recalling certain model year 2012 E350 and E550 Coupe vehicles, manufactured April 2, 2012, through June 29, 2012. Improper stitching of the right side window curtain air bag may cause it to not deploy as intended in the affected vehicles.


In the event of an accident necessitating the deployment of the right window curtain air bag, the improper stitching may cause it to deflate more quickly than intended, reducing the protection it may provide, resulting in an increased risk of injury to vehicle occupants.


Mercedes-Benz will notify owners, and dealers will replace the right side window curtain air bag. The recall campaign is expected to begin in November 2012. Owners may contact Mercedes-Benz at 1-800-367-6372.


Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.

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      Recall... nothing to see here, happens to all manufacturers
      • 2 Years Ago
      I wish it were still called the CLK...
      • 2 Years Ago
      I wish it was still called the CLK...
      • 2 Years Ago
      Who isn't getting their cars recalled. I agree the European car makers quality has fallen.
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      2012 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Coupe recalled for being ugly
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      I have been a Mercedes owner for years, I just don't get this company anymore. They seem to be unable to build anything that doesn't have problems. BMW and Audi are just as bad. All three seem to build far too complicated cars, and they seldom have the mechanics on staff to fix them correctly. I drive a 2005 e320 cdi, I almost gave up on it till I found a great mechanic that straightened it out in a weekend, the dealer was like dealing with the keystone cops.