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Mercedes recalling A-Class hatchbacks to fix airbag

Mercedes-Benz is recalling new A-Class models to fix a safety fault less than a year after the sporty hatchback hit showrooms.

The front passenger airbag might not inflate properly in case of an accident, a spokesman for the carmaker said Tuesday. The defect affects around 6,000 cars mostly in Germany, where most of the vehicles were sold.

Mercedes revamped the A-Class last year to attract younger customers and boost sales. The new version abandoned the upright, boxy shape of the original A- Class, which was refitted with additional safety features after Daimler acknowledged design weaknesses.

Mercedes will fix the A-Class cars, which were produced between June and December, free of charge.

The move marks Daimler’s second recall within a month. Daimler said on May 6 it is recalling the new Mercedes Citan van to repair the airbag system following “unsatisfactory” tests.