The problem was discovered with European C-Class models, where the steering coupling interlock was found in an open position upon delivery from the factory. The models destined for the US market are built in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, so Mercedes-Benz doesn’t expect these to share the problem of the European-made cars, but they’ve decided to check just to make sure.
Mercedes-Benz has notified the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and, even though the NHTSA hasn’t issues any release yet, the carmaker has already started announcing customers. Company dealers will inspect the steering on the affected models free of charge.
The year(s) of the recallIn the automotive world horoscope, 2013 and 2014 have to be the years of the recall. The two largest automakers in the world, Toyota and GM also battle for this title when it comes to recalls, even though the more recent findings on GM’s issues mean the attention is currently focused on the American carmaker. The news on the Germans joining isn’t exactly something we wanted to give you.
Of course, the biggest question that remains is the nature of this whole story: has the ever-increasing pace of the race for profit generated deeper issues or have we always dealt with such issues, albeit with many of them remaining unknown?
The answer is not a simple one and we’ll use GM’s situation as an example. After it has been shown the the company knew about certain issues and was reluctant to issue recall campaigns, certain voices claimed General Motors chose this way in order to survive. The idea is that announcing and covering the costs of the recall ahead of the 2008 bailout would have cause the company to financially crash even sooner. Fortunately, Mercedes-Benz is far from having such issues.