A Mercedes-Benz convertible.

Mercedes-Benz is recalling 104,663 of its 2018-2019 GLC SUVs and 2018 C-Class sedans, coupes, and convertibles because of a faulty airbag indicator light.

The passenger airbag indicator light may show that the airbag is on even if the airbag is off, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). As a result, passengers may not be aware that their airbag is not working, raising the risk of injury to passengers. 

The automaker did not immediately respond when asked if any crashes or injuries related to this issue have been reported.

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The Details

Vehicles recalled: Certain 2018 C-Class sedans and 2018-2019 GLC-Class SUVs built from Aug. 1, 2017 through Oct. 11, 2018, including:

• 2018 C300 sedan, convertible, and coupe
• 2018 C300 4MATIC sedan, convertible, and coupe
• 2018 C350e plug-in hybrid
• 2018 C43 AMG convertible and coupe
• 2018 C63 AMG and C63S AMG sedan and coupe
• 2018-2019 GLC300 SUV and coupe
• 2018-2019 GLC300 4MATIC SUV and coupe
• 2018-2019 GLC350e plug-in hybrid
• 2018-2019 GLC43 AMG SUV and coupe
• 2018-2019 GLC63 AMG SUV and GLC63S AMG coupe

The problem: A software error could lead the vehicle’s airbag indicator light to show an incorrect status for the passenger airbag. That could lead passengers to believe the airbag is on and working even if it is not, raising the risk of injury.

The fix: Mercedes will perform a software update to ensure the airbag light is working correctly at no charge to owners.

How to contact the manufacturer: Owners of affected vehicles can contact Mercedes-Benz USA at 800-367-6372. The recall is expected to begin Jan. 2, 2019.

NHTSA campaign number: 18V838

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