Incorrectly Installed Seatbelts Lead to Mercedes-Benz Recall

Incorrectly Installed Seatbelts Lead to Mercedes-Benz Recall
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October 23, 2015

A luxury automaker is issuing a recall after a seatbelt snafu.

Mercedes-Benz USA is recalling certain model year 2015 S550 4Matic Coupe, AMG S63 4Matic Coupe, and AMG S65 vehicles. In the affected vehicles, left-side front seatbelts may have been installed on the right-side and vice versa. As a result, the installation angle may be incorrect, affecting the seatbelt locking behavior. Additionally, the child seat restraint function for the passenger seat would not be available.

If the seatbelt is installed improperly, it may not properly restrain the seat occupant in the event of a crash, increasing the risk of injury.

These errors put the vehicles in violation of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) number 208, "Occupant Crash Protection," and FMVSS number 209, "Seat Belt Assemblies."

Mercedes-Benz is including about 2,500 vehicles in this recall.

The company will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the installation of the seat belts, correcting them as necessary, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin in October 2015.

Owners with questions about the recall can contact Mercedes-Benz customer service at (800) 367-6372.