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Recall 17V448000

Parking Brake Does Not Securely Hold The Vehicle

Recall Details

The lock nut that secures the parking brake cable to the parking brake lever may loosen over time, reducing the effectiveness of the parking brake when engaged. Dealers will replace the parking brake cable lock nut free of charge to resolve the concern.

Our Quick Take

The parking brake adjustment may loosen over time, resulting in the brake not being able to effectively hold the vehicle when parked. This could allow the vehicle to move when parked on a slope, increasing risk of injury or a crash.

What Should You Do?

Recall repairs on your Smart vehicle must be performed by a Smart dealership. Mercedes Benz will notify known owners of affected vehicles beginning in September, 2017. 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

Brakes, July 16, 2017

Original Recall from the NHTSA

Manufacturer's Report Date
July 16, 2017
NHTSA Action Number
N/A
Potential Number of Units Affected
5,061
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number
17V448000
Component
PARKING BRAKE
Summary
Mercedes-Benz USA, LLC (MBUSA) is recalling certain 2016 smart fortwo vehicles. In these 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.
Consequence
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.
Remedy
MBUSA will notify owners, and dealers will replace the parking brake cable lock nut, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin in early September 2017. Owners may contact smart customer service at 1-877-496-3691.
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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