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.
MERCEDES BENZ / E350
MERCEDES BENZ / E550
Model Year(s): 2012
Manufacturer: MERCEDES-BENZ USA, LLC.
Report Receipt Date: OCT 09, 2012
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 12V492000
NHTSA Action Number: N/A
Component: AIR BAGS:SIDE/WINDOW
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.