Mercedes-Benz EQS recalled for letting motorists watch TV while driving

The recall also includes the S-Class

Mercedes-Benz is recalling a handful of EQS and also S-Class models over a software problem that lets vehicle drivers enjoy tv while they’re driving. The vehicles consisted of in the recall are outfitted with the MBUX infotainment system that’s shown on a substantial touchscreen.

Assigned recall number 21V-931, the project affects about 227 instances of the EQS as well as the S-Class built in between December 8, 2020, as well as October 13, 2021. It’s small, yet the safety and security effects are significant. Mercedes-Benz notes that the autos included in the recall are geared up with software program that’s inaccurately set up to let motorists access electronic material, like tv streaming and also the proprietor’s manual, while driving. This can only take place when the vehicle driver has an energetic Mercedes Me account that’s connected to the infotainment system.

Viewing your favorite television show while travelling is one way to define “driver interruption” and also it can boost the danger of a crash, though Mercedes-Benz notes that there have been no records of a person capitalizing on the problem to waste time on a cross-country trip. It adds that it is not aware of collisions or injuries brought on by the problem, and that it released the recall campaign voluntarily.

The Stuttgart-based firm has actually currently updated the software program on the server that links the possibly affected automobiles in the United States. That indicates the problem has been impaired as well as proprietors of EQS and S-Class designs will not need to visit a dealership for a software program update.

Mercedes-Benz isn’t the very first carmaker to uncover the threats of packing an expanding number of tech features (and a growing number of ever-bigger screens) right into its autos. Previously in 2021, the National Freeway Traffic Security Administration (NHSTA) announced that it’s looking into reports that Tesla’s infomercial system permits vehicle drivers to play computer game, consisting of Solitaire, while they’re expected to be driving.