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Recall 17V179000

Headlight Adjustment Outside Of Proper Specification Not Sealed Off

Recall Details

The horizontal headlight adjustment may not be sealed off as proper and could allos the headlights to be adjusted to a position that does not illuminate the road ahead properly, possibly blinding oncoming traffic. Dealers will install the correct sealing caps to prevent headlight adjustment free of charge to resolve the concern.

Our Quick Take

The horizontal adjustment for the headlights may be accessible when it should be sealed off. This could allow the headlights to be adjusted improperly to a position that is improper, reducing driver visibility and possibly blinding oncoming traffic.

What Should You Do?

Recall repairs on your Smart vehicle must be performed by a Smart dealership. Mercedes Benz USA will notify known owners of affected vehicles (a timetable of this notification is not available as of the time of this writing). If you do not receive a notification, but wish to check to see if your vehicle is included, please contact one of your local Smart dealerships. They will also check for any other incomplete recalls on your vehicle. For best results, be prepared to provide your Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) to the service department consultant you speak with.

Affected Cars

Electrical & Lights, March 16, 2017

Original Recall from the NHTSA

Manufacturer's Report Date
March 16, 2017
NHTSA Action Number
N/A
Potential Number of Units Affected
2,213
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number
17V179000
Component
EXTERIOR LIGHTING

Summary
Mercedes-Benz USA, LLC (MBUSA) is recalling certain 2016 Smart Fortwo vehicles. The horizontal headlight adjustment mechanism on these vehicles may not have been properly sealed off to prevent future adjustment. As such, these vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) number 108, "Lamps, Reflective Devices, and Associated Equipment."
Consequence
If the headlight can be adjusted horizontally, the headlight may be adjusted outside of the designed specifications, reducing the driver's visibility and potentially blinding oncoming traffic, increasing the risk of a crash.
Remedy
MBUSA will notify owners, and dealers will install the correct sealing caps to prevent the headlights from being adjusted horizontally, free of charge. The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification date. Owners may contact MBUSA customer service at 1-800-367-6372.
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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