Mercedes-Benz Slow to Fix Recalled Takata Airbags
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“Mercedes unfortunately, is on the bottom end of success in replacing these defective airbags. That’s a pretty low figure for any of the manufacturers but particularly for a luxury manufacturer like Mercedes,” said Jason Levine, Executive Director of the Center for Auto Safety. “By comparison Honda recalled 17 million airbags and they have repaired over 85% of them…It’s unfortunate to see Mercedes to treat its customer base this way,” said Levine.
CHICAGO (WLS) — The Takata airbag recall is the largest in U.S. history, affecting 41 million vehicles. It’s been going on so long, you might need a refresher. There are still 13 million cars with airbags that need replacement on the road, according to the Center for Auto Safety.
Four years ago, Takata recalled these airbags after several deployed incorrectly, sending shrapnel flying through vehicles. There have been 16 deaths and over 200 injuries. Some people forced to wait for their recalled airbags to be fixed are afraid to drive their cars.
“I want my airbag replaced. That’s it, plain and simple,” Williams told the ABC 7 I-Team.