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Mercedes-Benz is recalling 130 SL-Class roadsters built between January 16, 2013 and April 30, 2013 over concerns that the vehicle's airbags won't fire if a very light person is in the passenger seat. The issue rests with what's called the Occupant Classification System.

The OCS is a system that figures out if there's an occupant in a seat based on the amount of weight being exerted on a sensor, and will arm or disarm the airbags accordingly. The affected models – SL550, SL63 AMG and SL65 AMG – might not detect a very light person, which could increase the chance of injury were the car to get in a wreck.

Naturally, Mercedes will be notifying owners and replacing the passenger-side OCS free of charge. Take a look below for the bulletin from NHTSA.
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Manufacturer: Mercedes-Benz USA, LLC.

SUMMARY:
Mercedes-Benz (Mercedes) is recalling certain model year 2013 SL63, SL550, and SL65 vehicles manufactured January 16, 2013, through April 30, 2013. The affected vehicles are equipped with an occupant classification system (OCS) that may not detect a very light person sitting in the front passenger seat.

CONSEQUENCE:
If the OCS does not detect a very light person sitting in the seat, the passenger side air bag would be turned off. In the event of a crash necessitating side air bag deployment, the passenger would be at an increased risk of injury.

REMEDY:
Mercedes will notify owners, and dealers will replace the passenger side seat cushion including the OCS. The recall is expected to begin in December 2013. Owners may contact Mercedes at 1-201-573-0600.

NOTES:
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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      Alex740
      • 1 Year Ago
      Seems like the front clip needs to be recalled more than anything.
      Jonathan Wayne
      • 1 Year Ago
      Should recall them for being so goddamn fugly.
      ABB
      • 1 Year Ago
      My cousin says that this is a bigger issue than we think. According to folklore and stereotype, many of the passengers (not drivers) in these vehicles will be people who weigh 100 pounds or less, such as trophy wives and young children.
      CJ_313
      • 1 Year Ago
      Worst looking SL in decades, can't believe this design got the green-light.
      Bernard
      • 1 Year Ago
      I've seen these in person and they look expensive and vulgar. Such an ugly beast. :-(
        Rich2469
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Bernard
        Yeah, More then a few around here also. I think it is the "eyebrow" in the headlights that throws it off for me.
          CJ_313
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Rich2469
          The shape of the headlights in general is the problem in my opinion; They're huge and have too many busy shapes going on behind the lenses. The whole front-end is a mess, actually. The rear is more forgivable, but still not very attractive. I can't believe Mercedes-Benz thought this design was a step up from the previous gen's.
      SloopJohnB
      • 1 Year Ago
      Well, what is a very light person? An 85 lb dwarf? Less than 85 lbs and 4ft tall you should be in a booster seat and not in an SL in the first place! Or is this meant for an anorexic Paris Hilton or some such?