Parent company Mercedes-Benz is recalling certain 2014 and 2015 Smart ForTwo gasoline and electric models to replace potentially-faulty bolts in the steering system.

On the 5,058 vehicles affected, steering-gear bolts may break due to a combination of high load and vibration, compromising the driver's ability to steer.

There are two bolts in question, which hold the steering gear to the car's front cross member.

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A malfunction can be identified by unusual noises, a titled steering-wheel position, and the activation of the stability-control dashboard warning light.

Mercedes says no accidents or injuries have resulted from this issue so far.

Dealers will replace the steering-gear bolts free of charge.

2014 Smart ForTwo Elecric Drive

2014 Smart ForTwo Elecric Drive

Mercedes has not set a date for the recall to begin, but it will notify owners of when to take their cars to the dealer for servicing.

The recall includes both coupe and convertible models, with both gasoline and electric powertrains.

Affected 2014 and 2015 Smart ForTwo coupes were built between January 28 and July 21, 2014, while convertibles were built between January 31 and July 16, 2014.

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In addition, affected vehicles include 2014 Smart ForTwo Electric Drive coupes built between January 30 and May 23, 2014, and convertibles built between February 21 and July 30, 2014.

Owners can contact Smart customer service at 1-800-762-7887 for more information.

In addition, recall information can be found at the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's website under ID number 15V192000.

[hat tip: Nikki Gordon-Bloomfield]


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