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November 30, 1999

Mercedes-Benz 1998 and 1999 M-Class Sport-Utility Vehicles' Recalled

Montvale, NJ (SafetyAlerts) - Mercedes-Benz USA today announced a recall involving 1998 and 1999 model M-Class sport-utility vehicles' to inspect the front seat belt buckles and replacing buckles that were not properly manufactured by the supplier. If present, an improperly manufactured buckle could unlatch.

Approximently 135,000 vehicles worldwide, including 85,000 in the U.S. will be inspected.  Mercedes-Benz USA is estimating that only about 1% will require replacement of the defective part.

If needed, new buckles will be installed by Mercedes-Benz retailers in vehicles found to have improperly manufactured buckles at no charge to clients.  The company has had no reports of buckles unlatching, and no injuries have been reported as a result of this issue.

Consumers with questions should contact Mercedes-Benz USA at 1-800-367-6372.

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Did you know?
During 2001 there were over
1575 products recalled in the United
States for safety reasons!

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