Mercedes-Benz has issued a safety recall for its flagship Mercedes-AMG GT sports car. Low volumes of the GT mean just six Australian-delivered vehicles are affected.
Unlike other airbag recalls which have dominated headlines over the past year, this issue relates not to the airbag itself, but rather the passenger seat occupancy recognition software.
The so-called “occupant classification software” has the potential to improperly identify how the front seat is being used and could lead to an installed child seat being identified as a person, or a lightweight person being mis-identified as a child seat.
In the event of a collision the resulting classification error could see the airbag deactivated for a passenger, or fired when it should not for a child seat - increasing the risk of injury in both instances.
Mercedes-Benz Australia will contact affected owners by mail to arrange an upgrade to the software. Affected vehicles were sold between January 2017 and April 2017.
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