Mercedes-Benz Recalls Smart Fortwo Vehicles at Risk of Parking Brake Failure

The affected vehicles could unexpectedly move when parked on a slope

Mercedes-Benz Recalls Smart Fortwo Vehicles at Risk of Parking Brake Failure
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August 3, 2017

Mercedes-Benz USA is recalling certain model year 2016 smart fortwo vehicles.

What's the problem?

In these vehicles, the lock nut that secures the parking brake cable to the parking brake lever may loosen over time. As a result, the parking brake lever would gradually have to move further and further before it engages the parking brake.

As this occurs, the parking brake's 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. This increases the risk of a crash or pedestrian injury.

Approximately 5,000 smart fortwo vehicles are affected by this recall.

What happens next?

Mercedes-Benz will notify owners of the recalled vehicles beginning in early September 2017. Dealers will then replace the parking brake cable lock nut to remedy the problem, free of charge to vehicle owners.

For more information on this recall, contact smart customer service at (877) 496-3691.