Smart Fortwo Recalled for Steering Issue

Jason Siu
by Jason Siu

Smart is recalling its Fortwo subcompact for a possible steering bolt issue.

Parent company Mercedes-Benz has announced that 5,058 Smart Fortwos in the U.S. are being recalled for bolts that could loosen the steering over time. Affected models include the 2014-2015 Smart Fortwo coupe and convertible, as well as the 2014 Fortwo Electric coupe and convertible. According to the recall filing with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, certain bolts that attach the steering gear to the front cross member may have been manufactured improperly and could break apart over time.

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If that was to occur, the steering wheel could possibly tilt and the stability control warning light will flash. The German automaker began investigating the issue after receiving complaints outside the U.S. and found broken bolts on the cross member. No injuries or accidents related to the issue have been reported.

Affected vehicles will have their steering-gear mounting bolts replaced by Smart dealerships.

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Jason Siu
Jason Siu

Jason Siu began his career in automotive journalism in 2003 with Modified Magazine, a property previously held by VerticalScope. As the West Coast Editor, he played a pivotal role while also extending his expertise to Modified Luxury & Exotics and Modified Mustangs. Beyond his editorial work, Jason authored two notable Cartech books. His tenure at saw him immersed in the daily news cycle, yet his passion for hands-on evaluation led him to focus on testing and product reviews, offering well-rounded recommendations to AutoGuide readers. Currently, as the Content Director for VerticalScope, Jason spearheads the content strategy for an array of online publications, a role that has him at the helm of ensuring quality and consistency across the board.

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  • Smartacus Smartacus on Apr 23, 2015

    Speaking of your smart forum; Hi Jason Siu and the rest of Autoguide, did you know traffic at smartcarofamerica has dropped precipitously since last month when they closed the highly popular thread about Elio Motors? It was the single-highest view generating thread of the entire site for over a year, with almost 75,000 views total since it started a few months ago in 2013! -Very very inept moderator staff who only know how to close threads instead of addressing any issues precisely. None of my business; but it is horrible for Autoguide's exposure :(