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Anybody seen this today on BBC news?

Mercedes-Benz is recalling more than one million cars over a safety defect with the cars' emergency call system.
The problem is with the cars' eCall feature, which alerts emergency services of an accident and relays a vehicle's location to them.
But a fault means it is possible that the wrong location could be sent.
The problem affects 1,292,258 cars in the United States, and the company says it is preparing a fix for customers in other countries too.
The safety recall information form the US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said that Mercedes "determined that a safety risk cannot be ruled out".
Because the problem is software-related, the fix can usually be done "over the air" - via a wireless download using the car's existing mobile data connection.
But if it cannot, due to a bad connection or other problems, owners will be able to bring their cars into an authorised dealer to have the update applied.
The eCall system is mandatory in the EU for all cars sold since 2018 - and the US documents reveal that the reason for the investigation was a known case of the wrong location being sent "in the European market" in October 2019.
Mercedes-Benz in the UK told the BBC: "This software update will also be implemented in other countries and we are in close contact with the local authorities."
But it said it was not providing any further details until an official announcement of the fix.
What went wrong?
In the US, all 1,292,258 affected vehicles will have to receive a software update to fix the problem.
That includes more than 200 different models and variants made between 2016 and 2021, including:
  • CLA-Class, GLA-Class, GLE-Class, GLS-Class, SLC-Class
  • A-Class, GT-Class, C-Class, E-Class, S-Class, CLS-Class
  • SL-Class, B-Class, GLB-Class, GLC-Class, and G-Class vehicles
The fault, Mercedes said, was in the software connected to the communications module used by the emergency call system.
"In rare cases, this could mean that in the event of an accident-related temporary drop in a vehicle's voltage, the communication module might not communicate the correct current position when an emergency call is made/triggered," a spokeswoman for the car-maker said.
"All other functions of the automatic and manual emergency call function remain fully operational," she added.
Mercedes also said that it had discovered the fault itself due to its safety monitoring programme, which it said was a "top priority" for the company.
 

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Software really is the biggest headache for all car manufacturers now, of all kinds of cars. Aside from self-inflicted pain such as cheating on emissions, of course.
 

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Wow, it actually may sent the wrong location?

The eCall component literally had just that one job!

I wonder where they got this system from, I’m guessing it’s just a few suppliers for those, will probably affect other manufacturers too.
 

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Interesting that it was linked to "a drop in the vehicle's voltage", implying that the GPS module reset or something, and either reported a default value of 0,0 or perhaps an accurate first estimate value.

I bet there aren't many broken down cars at the GPS zero point!

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Tesla is recalling some 150000 cars. VW has big issues with their new ID3. A lot of complaints here are from buyers of new electric cars. The car makers seem to rush these cars without proper software, some of them serious enough to kill you. The ID3 suddenly fogs up and owners are told not to use AC when it’s cold.
We all know how our PS 2 started out.
 

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Interesting that it was linked to "a drop in the vehicle's voltage", implying that the GPS module reset or something, and either reported a default value of 0,0 or perhaps an accurate first estimate value.

I bet there aren't many broken down cars at the GPS zero point!

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Merc do have as many problems as anyone else, but in my experience they are pretty good at fixing them. My only issue with eCall in my imminently departing E-class is the fact it has the manual emergency call button right next to the sunglasses holder button, with predictable results! The nice lady on the other end is always gracious when I tell her no I don't really need assistance... I'd like to call it a design flaw, but in truth pigeons learn faster than me... :)
 
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