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Daimler recalls over 6,000 new Mercedes A-Class hatchbacks
May 28, 2013 / 5:32 PM / 4 years ago

Daimler recalls over 6,000 new Mercedes A-Class hatchbacks

BERLIN (Reuters) - Daimler (DAIGn.DE) is recalling more than 6,000 of its new Mercedes-Benz A-Class hatchbacks because of problems with the passenger airbag.

Employees of German car manufacturer Mercedes Benz make final touches to Mercedes A-class cars at the Mercedes plant in Rastatt July 16, 2012. REUTERS/Alex Domanski

The company said on Tuesday that about 6,000 cars in Germany alone are affected, plus an unquantified figure outside its domestic market.

The recall is a blow for Chief Executive Dieter Zetsche, given that last year’s launch of the new family of compact cars was a major plank in his strategy of reclaiming ground lost to rivals BMW (BMWG.DE) and Audi (VOWG_p.DE).

“The market launch in Germany was in September of last year. In other European markets it was launched much later, so the overall number won’t be that much higher,” a Daimler spokesman said of the recall.

In certain cases it is possible that the airbag would not deploy properly in the case of an accident, he said, confirming a report in German magazine Auto Motor und Sport.

The Daimler spokesman said the problem arose at a supplier, adding that no Mercedes customers have been hurt as a result.

Reporting By Christiaan Hetzner; Editing by David Goodman

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