Mercedes-Benz USA, LLC. (MBUSA) is recalling certain 2017 Mercedes-Benz E300 4Matic, E300, E43 AMG, and E400 vehicles. The headlight horizontal adjustment screws on these vehicles may not be properly sealed behind a non-removable sealing cap to keep headlights from being readjusted.
Mercedes-Benz is recalling approximately 12,500 E-Class vehicles from the 2017 model year to fix a manufacturing problem that could increase the risk of injury during collisions.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration explains that the occupant detection control unit in some 2017 E-Class cars may have been installed incorrectly.
The control unit turns the front passenger airbags on and off, depending on whether the front passenger seat is occupied by an adult.
The biggest concern is if the control unit deactivates the airbags because it assumes that cargo or a child seat have been placed in the front passenger seat, adult passengers could face a dramatically higher risk of injury in a crash.
The recall involves the 2017 models of the Mercedes-Benz E300, E300 4Matic, and E43 AMG. Mercedes stated that 12,456 of those vehicles are registered in the U.S.
Mercedes-Benz will begin mailing recall notices to owners in early March. NHTSA says that “dealers will inspect the routing of the pressure hose of the seat occupancy detection control unit and replace the pressure hose and seat occupancy detection mat if necessary.” The repair will be made at no cost to the owner.