What is the Takata recall?
Mercedes-Benz AG was informed that Takata submitted a "Defect Information Report" to the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) on January 25, 2016, reporting a potential safety defect for SDI and PSDI-5 driver-side airbag inflators. Takata's investigation of affected inflators to date indicates that exposure to certain environmental conditions (several years of exposure to persistent conditions of high absolute humidity), could lead to over-aggressive combustion in the event of a driver's-side air bag deployment.
Starting on May 16th, 2016, Takata submitted additional "Defect Information Reports" to NHTSA that included PSPI-2 front passenger side airbag inflators.
Mercedes-Benz Canada submitted the first of several “Notice of Defect” reports to Transport Canada starting in April 2016. These reports indicated that on certain vehicles, the driver and/or passenger frontal airbag inflators could produce excessive internal pressure during airbag deployment causing them to rupture and potentially allow metal fragments to be propelled towards vehicle occupants and increase their risk to injury. This could also damage the airbag module and prevent it from deploying as intended. The failure of the airbag to fully deploy during a crash could increase the risk of personal injury.
To date, we are not aware of any instances of exploded inflators in Mercedes-Benz vehicles.