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.
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.
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