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UPDATE 1-Daimler recalls 1.29 million U.S. vehicles for software issue

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(Adds Mercedes-Benz statement)

By David Shepardson

WASHINGTON, Feb 13 (Reuters) - Daimler AG's U.S.unit Mercedes-Benz USA said Saturday it is recalling 1.29million vehicles sold since 2016 because software may fail tocommunicate correct vehicle location in the event of a crash.

The recall covers some 2016-2021 model year 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, according to afiling with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

The German automaker plans to issue a software update thatwill be installed by dealers or over-the-air.

Mercedes-Benz USA said Saturday it is neither aware of anycase of material damage nor personal injury in connection withthe issue.

The automaker said "a temporary collapse of thecommunication module's power supply caused by a crash might leadto the vehicle's position during a potential emergency callbeing incorrect." Mercedes-Benz added that "other functions ofthe automatic and manual emergency call function remain fullyoperational."

Mercedes-Benz in Europe in October 2019 launched aninvestigation based on a report from the Mercedes-Benz eCallcenter of a single instance in the European market where theautomatic eCall system relayed an inaccurate vehicle position.

After a lengthy investigation reviewing various softwarecombinations of the communication module, the company's researchshowed additional similar events where the vehicle positiontransmitted was incorrect.(Reporting by David Shepardson; Editing by Diane Craft andDaniel Wallis)