Mercedes-Benz has issued a recall on certain versions of its SL-Class because of a faulty sensor that determines whether the passenger side airbag deploys. The recall affects SL550, SL63 AMG and SL65 AMG models from the 2013 model year, but only those manufactured from January 16, 2013 through April 30, 2013.
According to the automaker, the affected vehicles are equipped with an occupant classification system (OCS) that may not detect a very light person sitting in the passenger seat. If the OCS doesn’t detect a very light person sitting in the seat, thinking the seat is empty, the passenger side airbag will be deactivated.
Understandably, any very light passenger will be less protected with the airbag deactivated in the event of a crash.
Mercedes is in the process of notifying owners of the affected cars. In order to alleviate the problem, dealers will replace the passenger side seat cushion including the OCS, free of charge.
For further information you can contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration at 1-888-327-4236 or Mercedes at 1-201-573-0600.