Mercedes recalling cars for unintended air bag deployments

FRANKFURT, Germany (WCAX) Unintended air bag deployments have prompted the recall of more than 1 million Mercedes-Benz cars.

The safety recall covers 495,000 vehicles in the United States, 400,000 in Britain, 76,000 in Canada and a few hundred thousand in Germany.

German automaker Daimler, the maker of Mercedes, says an electrostatic discharge coupled with a broken clock spring and insufficient grounding of steering components can lead to inadvertent deployment of the driver-side front air bag in vehicles subject to the recall. Affected models include certain A-Class, B-Class, C-Class and E-Class models, as well as CLA, GLC, GLK and V-Class.

As part of the fix, dealers will add new grounding to the steering components.