What is the V Class?
The V in V-Klasse stands, essentially, for Van. The V-Class is Mercedes-Benz’ people movers and courier vans, or MPVs (multi-purpose vehicles). The smaller, panel vans are called Vito, and the larger models, V-Class or Viano.
Mercedes-Benz first started producing V-Klasse (MPV) vehicles in the mid to late 1990s. Second-generation models have been used as London black cabs, people movers and courier vans. The third-generation V-Klasse went into production in 2014.
What is the Problem?
382 V-Klasse Viano and Vito 2015 models are being recalled over a potential airbag fault. Unlike the Takata airbag recall which affected BMW last year, Mercedes-Benz are concerned that driver’s airbags may deploy “without obvious cause”.
Affected models’ have improperly-grounded steering columns with damaged or faulty switch modules. The combination leads to electrostatic discharge, which in turn triggers the airbag and/or its warning alerts on the dashboard.
What Should I Do?
Mercedes-Benz have released the VIN of affected models. If yours is on this list, have your V-Klasse taken to your dealer for a free repair.
Annual V-Klass Service and Repair
It is important to have your vehicle serviced annually. Volks Affair are an independent Mercedes-Benz service centre in South Melbourne. As part of our Mercedes-Benz service, we:
- Check and replace all oils, filters and fluids
- Check drive belts
- Check cooling system
- Check steering and suspension
- Check exhaust systems
- Check front, rear and parking brakes
- Lubricate locks and hinges
- Check all seat belts, lights and wipers
- Check tyre tread and pressure
- Scan system for faults
We end all of our services with a short road test to make sure your Mercedes-Benz is performing at its best in the circumstances in which you drive it.
About Volks Affair
Volks Affair are one of the few independent Mercedes-Benz service centres that are also licensed with the Australian Refrigeration Council (ARC). This means that we are able to service and repair your vehicle’s air-conditioning. Read more about our air-conditioning repair here.
We also service and repair BMW, Skoda, Volkswagen and Audi. To book a service or repair, contact us today. And for more prestige car repair news, tips and events, be sure to visit our blog again next week!