Mercedes-Benz USA is recalling a small number of vehicles containing potentially defective child seat anchoring systems.
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The manufacturer’s Jacksonville, Florida-based branch notified the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) they will recall 39 2018 Mercedes-Benz E400 Cabrio and 2018 Mercedes-Benz E400 4Matic Cabrio vehicles built between Oct. 30 and Nov. 2, 2017.
The affected vehicles contain possibly incorrectly installed child seat anchoring systems called “ISOFIX consoles.” These consoles may partially detach from the car body in a crash, increasing injury risk.
Daimler AG, Mercedes-Benz’s parent company, stated in its recall chronology plant quality management discovered and reported deviations in ISOFIX console mounting in November 2017. Daimler AG engineers examined affected ISOFIX consoles in December 2017 and January 2018 for strength and durability, eventually determining the variances could compromise fastening strength. Engineers confirmed in May 2018 that the ISOFIX consoles could detach in a crash, and after determining an affected vehicle range Daimler AG states they could not rule out a safety risk.
Mercedes-Benz will notify owners and dealers will inspect the ISOFIX console and replace it if necessary, free of charge. The recall will begin October 3, 2018. Owners may contact MBUSA customer service at 1-800-367-6372. Mercedes-Benz owners can also visit the NHTSA’s website and enter their VIN to see if their vehicle is included in any recalls.
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