Smart recalls its ForTwo micro-car to fix steering

27th May 2005, Comments 0 comments

27 May 2005, BOEBLINGEN - Smart, the loss-making unit of DaimlerChrysler, announced on Friday a major recall of its original two- door micro-car, the ForTwo, to fix worn steering components. The German company said the supporting joints in the front axles of cars made between 1998 and 2000 could fail from excessive wear. In the worst case it would no longer be possible to steer the car. The problem was associated with a "few" accidents so far, but persons had not been hurt, according to a company spokesman

27 May 2005

BOEBLINGEN - Smart, the loss-making unit of DaimlerChrysler, announced on Friday a major recall of its original two- door micro-car, the ForTwo, to fix worn steering components.

The German company said the supporting joints in the front axles of cars made between 1998 and 2000 could fail from excessive wear. In the worst case it would no longer be possible to steer the car.

The problem was associated with a "few" accidents so far, but persons had not been hurt, according to a company spokesman.

Smart is writing to 58,000 owners in Germany alone, the main market for the urban runabouts at the time, asking them to take the cars to Smart garages for checks of the joints, which the front wheels are attached to.

The German company, based in the town of Boeblingen, said it had already informed German automotive safety authorities.

Smart did not say how many cars were affected worldwide. It sold about 100,000 of the cars in Germany in the period involved, and about 200,000 ForTwos altogether with foreign markets included. That would suggest more than 100,000 cars could be subject to recall.

DaimlerChrysler has ordered massive cost cutting at Smart and has set aside EUR 1.2 billion up to 2007 for redundancy pay and closure costs. A new, revamped ForTwo model is to be released in 2007. The company's other main model is a four-door car, the ForFour.

DPA

Subject: German news

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