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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
NHTSA 80-98
OCTOBER 1998 Contact: Tim Hurd


Tel. No. (202) 366-9550

Mercedes-Benz of North America, Inc.

Models:
Mercedes Benz E-Class Year: 1999

Number Involved:
4,163

Dates of Manufacture: July - August 1998

Defect: A wrong clamp may have been installed on the window air bag units. The window air bag may not fully deploy in a side-impact collision, not providing adequate protection to the vehicle occupant.

Remedy: Dealers will inspect the window air bag units and, if the wrong or incorrectly installed clamp is found, the entire unit will be replaced. Owner notification was to begin Nov. 30, 1998. Owners who do not receive the free remedy within a reasonable time should contact Mercedes-Benz at 1-800-FOR-MERCedes (1-800-367-6372).

[NHTSA Recall No. 98V256/Mercedes-Benz Recall No. 1998090002]

NHTSA said manufacturers are required to mail a recall notice to all purchasers, owners and dealers when a safety defect or noncompliance with Federal safety standards is found. The agency urges owners to wait until they receive notification from the manufacturer before contacting their dealers to schedule the repair work. Not all vehicles of a particular make and model may be subject to the recall.