Massive Mercedes callback in Austria

Mercedes Benz is recalling more than 2,500 cars in Austria.Car club ÖAMTC informed today (Fri) that the German company was asking owners of the C (W204), E (W212, C207, A207) und GLK (X204) series to have their vehicles checked at a garage amid potential steering malfunctions.The possibly affected cars were produced between June 2009 and February 2010, according to ÖAMTC, which added that Mercedes had no information about accidents caused by the potential steering failures.News of the Mercedes callback come only days after Toyota Europe boss Didier Leroy claimed the Japanese car maker still has the utmost quality standards.Toyota faced one of the biggest crises in its 73-year history when it had to call back 19,000 cars in Austria and an overall eight million vehicles in the world after a string of fatal accidents apparently caused by faulty brakes and ill-fitting foot mats some months ago.Leroy said in an interview with the Salzburger Nachrichten newspaper: “We will continue to improve our quality assurance system – which is the best in the world – even more. (…) Our quality did not decrease, it got better. Now we must try to leave our competitors even further behind.”The Frenchman added: “We planned to sell 800,000 cars in Europe this year before deciding to lower our outlook to 700,000 in April. Now it seems we will reach our initial target.”