The great Takata controversy

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Ivanerrol
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The great Takata controversy

Post by Ivanerrol » Thu 01 Mar, 2018 8:16 pm

The hue and cry regarding the Takata airbag controversy has finally reached Mercedes Australia.
Although statistically there is far more risk getting injured or dying from falling over in the bath, the Government has seen fit to introduce a compulsory recall of Takata airbags which were manufactured in Germany.

Mercedes didn't get away with this in the U.S. where the compulsory recall required over 800,000 various MB models to be retro fitted with new airbags.
Today's press release from Mercedes is saying that they are assessing the number of cars to be recalled.

So much for this years profit margin :naughty:

Here's a list of cars recalled in the U.S.
https://blog.caranddriver.com/mercedes- ... a-airbags/

Note that in the U.S. C Class range the W203 and W024 are both included from 2005 onwards.

One wonders whether or not with the price of some of these cars whether retrofitting will be actually cost effective. Possibly it maybe better for MB to write off some high mileage early cars and hand a cash cheque to the owners.

One wonders whether or not MB Australia should also carry out some of the other U.S. compulsory safety recalls - such as the tail light earth wiring issue.
W211 - E240
W204 - C280
Departed
W202 - C200, C180, C180
W126 - 380SE , 380SE (Ex SA Import), 560SEL
W124 - 300e, 260e (ex Japan)
W111 220s (Indonesia) 4 speed manual column shift
W123 230
W116 450SEL
W140 420SEL
W210 E240, E240
W209 CLK 240
W201 190e 2.6 (ex U.K.)

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Re: The great Takata controversy

Post by newMercowner69 » Fri 02 Mar, 2018 1:47 pm

Are earlier models (W202) 1997- affected?.

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Re: The great Takata controversy

Post by RF62 » Sat 03 Mar, 2018 1:15 am

You know what's scary? The fact that Australia rarely performs research and test towards safety and mostly follows US and Europe's test results! I found this out by chance while looking into Toyota Camry 2015's crash test results (ANCAP). If I remember correctly, the results came from the NHTSA which tests vehicles with the steering wheel on the other side! This might change everything, especially since sometimes car manufacturers apply an offset on steering wheels while moving them from left to right and vice versa!

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Re: The great Takata controversy

Post by Ivanerrol » Sat 03 Mar, 2018 12:55 pm

w202 doesn’t have Takata airbags.

There have been U.S. class actions against MB on safety issues which MB have lost and been forced to produce compulsory recalls and or compensation to owners who have had their are fixed at the owners cost.

The Australian government should be taking notice of these and taking action in concert.
W211 - E240
W204 - C280
Departed
W202 - C200, C180, C180
W126 - 380SE , 380SE (Ex SA Import), 560SEL
W124 - 300e, 260e (ex Japan)
W111 220s (Indonesia) 4 speed manual column shift
W123 230
W116 450SEL
W140 420SEL
W210 E240, E240
W209 CLK 240
W201 190e 2.6 (ex U.K.)

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