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Recalls: VW Beetle for airbag sensors, Mercedes CLS for hood latches

Small numbers of the 2012-2013 Volkswagen Beetle and 2012 Mercedes-Benz CLS550 are affected.

By Exhaust Notes Nov 20, 2012 7:38AM
Volkswagen is recalling 2,471 Beetles from 2012 and 2013 for front passenger airbag sensors that may not work when wet, according to filings with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

If water is spilled on the front passenger seat, the sensors under the cushion may not deactivate the front airbag when a child or a lightweight object is placed on the seat. For children, that means a higher risk of injury from a deploying airbag. The problem affects only Beetles with leather sport seats. Volkswagen dealers will replace the sensors, but the company did not say when it would ship parts or notify owners; call VW at 1-800-822-8987 for more info.

Mercedes-Benz is recalling 23 CLS550 sedans (sorry, "4-door coupes") for hood latches that may not be properly bolted to the chassis. However, the defect causes a problem only if the driver doesn't shut the hood correctly and ignores warnings from the car's information display to shut the hood. The hood latch in question is a "secondary" latch -- the one that keeps the hood locked when you pop it or don't close it hard enough. The recall affects only those cars built between Dec. 1 and Dec. 13, 2011. Mercedes will contact the 23 owners and retighten bolts in December. If you're unsure when your CLS was built (read the manufacturing label somewhere on the driver's door), call Mercedes at 1-800-367-6372.

[Source: NHTSA]
Nov 20, 2012 11:56AM
What's going on with the automobile industry? Seems that every manufacturer has had at least some to extensive recalls the last two years.
Nov 20, 2012 12:46PM
Wow, only 2471 VW's and 23 Mercedes! Well, at least that is hundreds of thousands less then Toyota!
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