|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
||Contact: Tim Hurd
|Tel. No. (202) 366-9550
Mercedes-Benz of North America, Inc.
Models: Mercedes Benz E-Class Year:
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
[NHTSA Recall No. 98V256/Mercedes-Benz Recall
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.