Mercedes to Recall Smart Cars Due to Engine Fire Risk

Under pressure from the U.S. government, Mercedes-Benz is recalling nearly 43,000 tiny Smart cars because the engines can catch fire.

The recall covers the Smart for two cabrio and coupe cars in the United States from the 2008 and 2009 model years. It comes after the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration opened an investigation in 2016.

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