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Mercedes-Benz is recalling roughly 750,000 cars because the vehicles’ sunroofs could potentially detach and fly off, causing road hazards.

The cars include the Mercedes-Benz’s C-Class, E-Class, CLK-Class and the CLS-Class, made between 2001 and 2011. All four vehicles came with an optional sunroof, and the bonding material on those sunroofs can deteriorate, resulting in the sunroof detaching from the car, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

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The Associated Press reports on a Takata recall that is “new and distinct” from the defect that resulted in at least 24 deaths and hundreds of injuries worldwide, though the new defect still “leads to air bags that can explode and hurl shrapnel, killing or injuring people.” The new defect has caused at least one death in Australia and injuries to one driver in each of Australia and Cyprus. The AP reports BMW has recalled 116,000 3-Series cars with model years between 1999 and 2001. BMW has determined that about 8,000 of the vehicles definitely have the defective airbags and should be parked, but the remaining vehicles can still be driven. Takata said it manufactured about 4.5 million of the airbags, but because they were installed in the late 1990s and early 2000s, “only a portion are still in use because the vehicles are so old.” Honda, Toyota, and Audi are investigating which vehicles will need to be recalled, and Mitsubishi has determined that the only vehicle in the US that will require a recall is the 1998-2000 Montero. The Hill  reports BMW plans to replace the defective airbags and will let affected vehicle owners know when replacement parts are in.

Consumer Reports  reports the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has determined the inflators in the airbags are not sealed correctly, which could either allow too much moisture in, which could prevent the airbag from deploying with appropriate force, or dry out, which could cause the airbag to rupture and eject metal fragments at the occupants of the vehicle. NHTSA has said the ongoing recall involving Takata airbags is “the largest and most complex safety recall in U.S. history.” Bloomberg also reports.

Ford Recalls Millions of Vehicles
The Detroit (MI) Free Press reports seven current and former Ford employees who worked on the DPS6 dual clutch “PowerShift” transmission included in two million Fiesta and Focus cars said knowledge of problems with the transmissions was widespread throughout the engineering, product development, research, design, and manufacturing departments at Ford.

An engineer said the DPS6 was “cheap to make and cheap to assemble,” but the “dry” clutch technology ensured the transmission could not cool itself down, which would result in failures. The Free Press reports engineers told the outlet that they feared speaking out about the issue out of concern that they could lose their jobs during the economic downturn.

The transmissions were introduced in the 2011 model year Fiesta, which went to dealerships in the spring of 2010, and 2012 Focus, which went on the market a year later. They were used until the Focus was discontinued with the 2018 model year and through the 2019 Fiesta model year.

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