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Recall 15V192000

Steering Gear Mounting Bolt Failure

Recall Details

The steering gear mounting bolts can break, causing difficulty controlling the vehicle. The dealership will replace the steering gear mounting bolts free of charge to correct the problem.

Our Quick Take

The steering gear mounting bolts can break, causing difficulty controlling the vehicle.

What Should You Do?

Smart will notify owners of affected vehicles (a notification timeline has not been released as of the time of this writing). Additionally, you may contact your dealership to see if your vehicle is affected. The dealership may ask for your VIN (Vehicle Identification Number), so please have it on hand when you contact them.

Affected Cars

Suspension & Steering, March 31, 2015

Original Recall from the NHTSA

Manufacturer's Report Date
March 31, 2015
NHTSA Action Number
N/A
Potential Number of Units Affected
5,058
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number
15V192000
Component
STEERING
Summary
Mercedes-Benz USA, LLC (MBUSA) is recalling certain model year 2014-2015 Smart Fortwo Coupes and Convertibles, and 2014 Fortwo Coupe Electric and Fortwo Convertible Electric vehicles. The affected vehicles have steering gear mounting bolts which may break during vehicle operation.
Consequence
If the steering gear mounting bolts break, vehicle handling could be affected, increasing the risk of a crash.
Remedy
MBUSA will notify owners, and dealers will replace the steering gear mounting bolts, free of charge. The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule. Owners may contact Smart customer service at 1-800-762-7887.
Notify
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
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