Earlier this month, parts supplier Takata said that automakers would recall 35 to 40 million additional Takata-branded airbag inflators, after the faulty parts were discovered to explode in a cloud of shrapnel in certain conditions, instead of inflating the airbag. While that's a great deal of parts, it's hard to imagine that figure in your head. Perhaps this list will help.
A whole lot of Mercedes-Benz vehicles are either currently under recall or are now being recalled to have these airbag inflators replaced. Nearly 1 million vehicles are affected, ranging from sedans to convertibles to cargo vans. While the company has received no reports of injuries or fatalities in its vehicles, it's still something that must be addressed posthaste.
If you head over to safercar.gov, you can find a full list of vehicles affected by Takata recalls. But, for the sake of being thorough, here are all the Mercedes-Benz vehicles currently under recall, in alphabetical order. Better grab a drink, a short read this ain't:
C-Class: 2005 C230 Kompressor / C320, 2006-2007 C230, 2008-2011 C300 4Matic, 2006-2011 C350, 2009-2011 C63 AMG, 2012-2014 C-Class
E-Class: 2010-2011 E350 / E350 4Matic / E550 / E550 4Matic, 2011 E350 Cabriolet / E550 Cabriolet, 2010-2011 E63 AMG, 2012-2017 E-Class Coupe / E-Class Cabriolet
GL-Class: 2009-2010 GL320 BlueTec 4Matic, 2011-2012 GL350 BlueTec 4Matic, 2009-2012 GL450 4Matic / GL550 4Matic
GLK-Class: 2010-2012 GLK350 / GLK350 4Matic, 2013-2015 GLK-Class
M-Class: 2009-2010 ML320 BlueTec 4Matic, 2009-2011 ML350 / ML350 4Matic / ML550 4Matic / ML63 AMG, 2010-2011 ML450 4Matic Hybrid
SLK-Class: 2007-2008 SLK280 / SLK350 / SLK55 AMG
SLS AMG: 2011-2015 SLS AMG, 2012 SLS AMG Cabriolet, 2013-2014 SLS AMG GT, 2015 SLS AMG Cabriolet
Sprinter: 2007-2009 Dodge Sprinter 2500 / 3500, 2007-2013 Freightliner Sprinter 2500 / 3500, 2010-2014 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter 2500 / 3500
R-Class: 2009-2010 R320 CDI 4Matic, 2009-2012 R350 4Matic, 2011-2012 R350 BlueTec 4Matic