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Thousands of Canadian Smart cars recalled due to fire risk


Cheryl Santa Maria
Digital Reporter

Friday, May 11, 2018, 1:43 PM - Thousands of Canadian Smart cars are being recalled due to a fire risk linked to an insulation mat in the engine, the CBC reports.

Mercedez-Benz issued the recall after the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) commenced an investigation into Smart car fires in 2008 and 2009 models.

(RELATED: 1.4 MILLION BMWs RECALLED)

Transport Canada says 7,028 Canadian cars are impacted. As many as 42,781 cars may be subject to recall in the U.S.

CBC reports at least four "unexplained fires" in 2008 Smart cars located in Ontario.




In one instance, a woman was driving on an Ottawa highway when the Smart car she'd borrowed from a friend burst into flames.

NHTSA data suggests the rear insulation mat in the engine compartment of 2008 and 2009 models "may deform, deteriorate and loosen over time, allowing the mat to contact hot exhaust system components."

(RELATED: CANADIANS SPEND A STAGGERING AMOUNT OF TIME IN CARS)

Mercedes-Benz Canada says it will contact affected customers with instructions on how to schedule an appointment to replace the mat.

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