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Mercedes Recalls 136,500 M-Class SUVs for Seat-Belt Defect

From Bloomberg News

Mercedes-Benz’s M-Class line made news of another sort Tuesday, as the German brand announced the recall of 136,500 of the sport-utility vehicles for defective seat-belt latches.

The recall covers all 1998 and 1999 ML320 and ML430 SUVs to fix front-seat belt buckles that could become unlatched. Mercedes estimates that 1% of the buckles are defective.

The company Tuesday also recalled 4,400 Mercedes 1997 SL coupes with driver-side air bags that could deploy unexpectedly because of corrosion from high humidity.

Of the recalled M-Class vehicles, 85,000 were sold in the United States, a company spokesman said. All 4,400 SL coupes were sold in the U.S.

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No accidents or injuries have been reported as a result of either recall, the company said.

Consumers seeking more information may call (800) 367-6372.


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