The smallest vehicle sold in North America has a big problem.
And owners of these Smart cars would certainly be foolish to keep driving them in light of a recent recall due to a steering wheel defect.
Mercedes-Benz USA, LLC, the manufacturer behind the Smart Cars, says the vehicles are equipped with steering mounting gear bolts that could potentially break, causing the driver to lose control of the vehicle and possibly crash, according to the March 31, 2015 announcement.
Indeed, these 8-foot 10-inch cars are clearly no match for larger and heavier vehicles here in the United States, so any malfunction such as this one could have grave consequences.
The recall identifies 5,058 Smart For Twos manufactured in 2014 and 2015 including coupes and convertibles. Additionally, the recall includes the 2014 Fortwo electric coupes and convertibles.
“If the steering gear mounting bolts break, vehicle handling could be affected, increasing the risk of a crash,” a National Highway Traffic Safety Administration notice says.
Smart Car owners may contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 for more information.
If you are the owner of a Smart Car whose vehicle is problematic or presents a serious safety risk, you may want to find out if your vehicle qualifies as a lemon under California Lemon Laws. Contact Johnson Attorneys Group at 800-235-6801 to find out more in a free consultation.