2005 MERCEDES-BENZ E350 Investigation ID 100600

2005 MERCEDES-BENZ E350 Defect Investigation Information

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NHTSA Action Number: PE10017 
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Vehicle/Equipment Make: MERCEDES-BENZ 
Vehicle/Eqipment Model: E350 
Model Year: 2005 
Mfg Component Code: AIR BAGS:FRONTAL 
Manufacturer: Mercedes-Benz USA, LLC. 
Date Opened: 05/14/2010 
Date Closed: 11/24/2010 
Subject: Driver Air Bag Circuit High Resistance 
Summary: Mercedes-Benz USA (MBUSA) has reported a high number of warranty claims for air bag warning lamp illumination due to a diagnostic fault code 9103 or 9123 indicating a high resistance in the driver's frontal air bag firing circuit.MBUSA's testing and evaluation have shown that this condition is the result of a faulty connector (specifically, improper wire crimp) but that it will not prevent proper deployment of the driver's frontal air bag.The faulty connector can cause the air bag circuit resistance levels to exceed the threshold that illuminates the air bag warning lamp, but they do not exceed a higher limit at which proper deployment of the air bag may no longer occur.The agency believes that further expenditure of agency resources does not appear to be warranted at this time.The closing of this investigation does not constitute a finding by NHTSA that no safety-related defect exists.The agency will monitor the issue and reserves the right to take future action if warranted by the circumstances.During the investigation, ODI learned that MBUSA will initiate a warranty extension program to address the faulty connectors in subject model year 2005 and 2006 E-Class and other MBUSA model/model year vehicles.This action will extend the warranty coverage for this issue to 10 years or 100,000 miles, whichever occurs first.MBUSA will notify all affected vehicle owners of this action.A bulletin describing this program is available in the investigative file.  
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