Daimler is recalling over 6,000 new Mercedes-Benz A-Class hatchbacks due to problems with the passenger airbag. According to carmaker, the recall involves 6,000 units in Germany and an unknown number of A-Class hatchbacks elsewhere. Daimler spokesman noted that the market launch of the model in Germany was in September 2012 and in other European markets at later dates, which means that total number of affected vehicles “won't be that much higher."
The spokesman disclosed that there is a possibility that the model’s airbag would not deploy properly in case of an accident, confirming a report in German magazine Auto Motor und Sport. According to the spokesman, they traced the problem to a supplier, noting that so far, no customers have been hurt from the issue.
The recall of the new Mercedes-Benz A-Class hatchbacks is considered a blow for Daimler chief executive Dieter Zetsche since the 2012 launch of this compact car family was a major part of his strategy to recover lost ground from rivals BMW and Audi.
Daimler is aiming to recover its crown as the best-selling luxury car maker by the end of the decade, after losing ground to BMW eight years ago and Audi in 2011.
Mercedes was able to outpace BMW and Audi in April 2013, thanks to high demand for its A- and B-class models.
Mercedes overhauled the A class in 2012 to entice younger customers, abandoning the boxy shape of the original A class for a sleeker and sportier design. Daimler announced on May 6, 2013 that it is recalling the new Mercedes Citan van to fix the airbag system following "unsatisfactory" tests.