The latest automotive recall notices filed with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) concern the 2011 model year Mercedes-Benz G-Class and certain Chevrolet Express and GMC Savana vehicles from the 2003 and 2004 model years for two separate and unrelated issues.
We will start with Mercedes-Benz that is recalling 189 model year 2011 G550 and G55 AMG SUVs manufactured from September 20, 2010, through April 27, 2011, over a problem with the front passenger air bag.
The German automaker told the safety agency that during the front passenger air bag deployment, parts of the molding strip could break loose and "become a projectile in the passenger compartment".
Mercedes-Benz said it will fix the problem by reinforcing the connection between the molding strip and air bag cover flap, free of charge, with the recall expected to begin in September.
On its behalf, General Motors is calling in certain 2003-2004MY Chevrolet Express and GMC Savana vehicles equipped with a left side cargo door and sold or currently registered in 20 cold-weather U.S. states and Canada.
In a form filed with the NHTSA, GM said water and road contaminants may become trapped in the protective conduit that covers the fuel filler pipe causing it to corrode, thus posing a fire risk.
According to the automaker, there are 9,389 vans in the United States and 926 in Canada affected by the recall.
GM's dealers will install a new fuel filler neck, free of charge. The company has not yet provided a notification schedule for the recall.