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Hybrid Car Review: If The Roof or Windshield Separated From The Vehicle

Saturday, August 23, 2008

If The Roof or Windshield Separated From The Vehicle

There's been a Smart FourTwo recall, the first time the Smart car has had such a recall. There's an issue for 451 vehicles, because of a paint issue, the windshield or roof could separate from the vehicle.

That's pretty dramatic for a problem with the paint job.

The full recall notice is below.

A single batch of paint sent to the company did not meet specifications. A re-work was done in the plant using different formulations of painting materials. After the re-work was completed, it was determined that the combination of materials used to repaint the fram and chassis could lead to de-lamination of the paint materials from the body and frame structures.

Such de laminating can take place in the area of the body where the windshield and roof have been affixed with adhesive, which could affect the adhesion of those components to the vehicle body, increasing the risk of separation. This could cause a crash if the roof or windshield separated from the vehicle while in motion.

Dealers will repaint the affected areas to meet specifications. The recall is expected to begin in August 2008. Owners may contact Smart USA at 1-248-648-2451.

Customers may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's vehicle safety hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to http://www.safercar.gov

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