WASHINGTON — Daimler Vans USA is recalling 5,100 2010-'11 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter, 2009-'11 Freightliner Sprinter and 2009 Dodge Sprinter commercial vans for defective Takata front-passenger airbag inflators, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
"In the event of a crash necessitating deployment of the front airbags, these inflators may rupture due to propellant degradation occurring after long-term exposure to absolute humidity and temperature cycling," said NHTSA in its recall summary. "An inflator rupture may result in metal fragments striking the vehicle occupants, resulting in serious injury or death."
There are no "field incidents" linked to the recall, Daimler AG told federal safety regulators.
The affected vehicles were originally sold or registered in Alabama, California, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Louisiana, Mississippi, South Carolina, Texas, Puerto Rico, American Samoa, Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
Vehicles not originally sold or ever registered in those states are not part of the recall.
Owners will be sent an interim notification on June 30. A second notice will be mailed when parts are available.
Owners can contact Daimler Vans USA customer service at 1-877-762-8267.
Edmunds says: As with all of these Takata airbag recalls, dealers are on the front line and remain the best source for the most current information on parts availability.