Date registered: May 2006
Vehicle: 2002 Mercedes ML320, 132k
Location: No. VA
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While the airbags may have several defects, the big recall addresses degraded propellant that generates the gas. Heat and moisture hurt it, with some consideration to how often hot, humid air is draw into the bag assembly (say, by changes in temperature). So if the car lived in southern Florida all its life, that's a bigger concern than dry Nevada. The mixed-weather mid-Atlantic states aren't a huge concern at the 5-year point. I believe replacements are being allocated somehow in recognition of this relative risk.
Of course, probability is one thing, and having your wife or kid in the adjacent seat is another.