Mercedes-Benz USA is recalling thousands of 2008 and 2009 Smart ForTwo cabriolet and coupe vehicles in the U.S. because of a potential fire risk in the engine compartment.
The problem involves the rear insulation mat in the engine compartment, which can deform or deteriorate and then come loose. This may result in the mat coming into contact with the hot exhaust system components, leading to a fire in the engine compartment.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), there have not been any injuries or deaths associated with this recall… Read more on ConsumerReports.org
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Model year 2016 smart fortwo vehicles recalledRecall Alert
Mercedes-Benz USA (MBUSA) is recalling 5,061 model year 2016 smart fortwo vehicles.
The lock nut that secures the parking brake cable to the parking brake lever may loosen over time, resulting in increased parking brake lever travel before the parking brake engages.
As the parking brake lever travel increases, the holding force may decrease to a point where the vehicle is no longer safely secured in all parking situations, allowing the vehicle to unexpectedly move when parked on a slope, increasing the risk of a crash…
Montvale, N.J. – March 31, 2017 – Mercedes-Benz USA has recalled more than 2,200 vehicles with defective headlamps. The recall impacts the Smart Fortwo coupes produced between June and September 2015, according to documentation filed with the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration. The car maker estimates that 100 percent of the vehicles named in the recall contain damaged features.
Affected models have headlamps that do not comply with Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard No. 108, which dictates that such fixtures with low beams should not include horizontal adjustment features. In most cases, car makers permanently secure the horizontal headlamp adjustment screw with sealing caps immediately following production. The vehicles named in the recall have faulty sealant mechanisms, giving owners the ability to adjust their headlamps horizontally. This not only fails to comply with federal safety standards, but could also pose safety risks.
Timeline of Events
Mercedes engineers discovered the defect during a compliance check performed in September 2016. The car maker launched an investigation immediately and discovered that the problem could impact a large number of vehicles. Over the next month, engineers reviewed the sealing caps and their technical implications. It was determined that the fixtures put the company at risk from a compliance perspective.
In January 2017, officials reviewed production records to get an accurate total of the vehicles affected. Mercedes issued a recall in March.
The automaker has directed dealers to install new headlamp sealant caps, free of charge, according to the NHTSA. The car maker has not released a timetable for dealer notification. However, owners are expected to receive notification in August 2017.
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