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NEWS: Mercedes-Benz USA, LLC (MBUSA) is recalling certain 2016 Smart Fortwo vehicles; EXTERIOR LIGHTING
Report Receipt Date: MAR 16, 2017 
NHTSA Campaign Number: 17V179000 
Potential Number of Units Affected: 2,213 

MARCH 2017 -- 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." 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. 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 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.


AUGUST 2008 -- Smart USA is recalling 43 MY 2008 Fortwo 451 vehicles. A single batch of paint sent to the company did not meet specifications. This paint was manufactured in Germany. A re-work was done in the plant using different formulations of painting materials. After the re-work was completed, it was determined that the combination of materials used to repaint the frame and chassis could lead to de-lamination of the paint materials from the body and frame structures. Such de-laminating can take place in the area of the body where the windshield and roof have been affixed with adhesive, which could affect the adhesion of those components to the vehicle body increasing the risk of separation. This could cause a crash if the roof or windshield separated from the vehicle while in motion. Dealers will repaint the affected areas to meet specifications The recall is expected to begin during September 2008. Owners may contact Smart USA at 1-248-648-2451. 08V-390