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Recall 18V273000

Engine Compartment Insulation Deforms Becoming Fire Hazard

Recall Details

The engine compartment insulation mat may deform, deteriorate and loosen, causing a fire hazard as it contacts hot exhaust components. Dealers will replace the rear insulation mat with an improved one free of charge to resolve the concern.

Our Quick Take

The insulation mat in the engine compartment may deform and loosen over time, possibly touching hot exhaust system components. This can cause an engine compartment fire.

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 July, 2018. 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

Engine, April 27, 2018

Original Recall from the NHTSA

Manufacturer's Report Date
April 27, 2018
NHTSA Action Number
EA17003
Potential Number of Units Affected
42,781
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number
18V273000
Component
ENGINE AND ENGINE COOLING
Summary
Mercedes-Benz USA, LLC. (MBUSA) is recalling certain 2008-2009 smart fortwo cabrio and fortwo coupe vehicles. The rear insulation mat in the engine compartment may deform, deteriorate, and loosen over time, allowing the mat to contact hot exhaust system components.
Consequence
If the mat contacts hot exhaust system components, it can increase the risk of a fire.
Remedy
MBUSA will notify owners, and dealers will replace the rear insulation mat with an improved one, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin in July 2018. 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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