Regulators in the United States started a probe into possible faulty air bags of the E-Class of Mercedes-Benz. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the air bags of the vehicles may have problems deploying during a car crash.
NHSTA revealed that about 100,000 units of MY 2005 and 2006 might be affected. The NHSTA also disclosed that they have received 4 complaints of malfunctions of the module-wiring harness at the steering column. This problem may lead to failure of the air bags to pop up and protect the occupants during frontal collisions or crashes. They have not received any reports of injuries.
The headquarters of Mercedes in New Jersey had no immediate comment about the matter. Mercedes-Benz operates under the umbrella of Daimler AG headquartered in Stuttgart, Germany which is the 2nd biggest manufacturer of luxury cars next to Munich-based BMW AG.
The Congress of the United States has focused on safety issues of vehicles following the massive recalls of Japanese carmaker Toyota due to a defect that may lead to unintended acceleration.
The administrator of NHSTA is set to appear before the Commerce Committee of the US Senate during a hearing for tighter regulations.