By Nicole Halavi
As of this month, Mercedes-Benz is recalling more than 24,500 vehicles because of an issue concerning the retraction of the front seat belts when not in use. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the seat belts function properly, but “if the seat belt does not fully retract, the occupant may find the operation of the seat belt inconvenient and not wear it, increasing the risk of injury in the event of a crash.”
The retraction issue is caused by the distance between the seat belt retractor and the damping foam within the B-pillar paneling that might not be up to par with current product specifications and certain federal safety standards.
In February 2020, the automaker launched initial investigations based on reports from customers in the field describing instances where the front belts failed to properly retract to the stowed position.
Accordingly, the Mercedes recall will begin March 23, 2021, and dealerships will begin inspecting the retraction of the seat belts and adjust the damping foam within the B-pillars.
What Can I Do if I’m Driving a Mercedes Exhibiting Seat Belt Retraction Issues?
If you are driving a Mercedes that is exhibiting any of the issues discussed above concerning the front seat belts, California’s lemon laws are here to protect you and prevent any further complications. The attorneys at CCA are very knowledgeable about the issues associated with faulty seat belt retraction system and will work with you to fight back against the automaker.
Please do not hesitate to call CCA today for a free consultation: (833) LEMON-FIRM. We’ll get you the compensation you deserve – and at no cost to you!