Daimler AG-owned Mercedes-Benz will recall 42,781 Smart ForTwo cars in the U.S. due to a fire risk, according to a May 9 letter by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
The brand's cabriolet and coupe light cars from the 2008 and 2009 model years will be recalled to fix a defect in the engine compartment.
According to the NHTSA letter, which includes information provided by Mercedes-Benz, the rear insulation mat in the compartment might "deform, deteriorate and loosen over time." That could possibly put the mat in contact with hot exhaust system components, which in turn could increase the risk of a fire in the engine compartment.
Mercedes-Benz will notify owners of the affected vehicles, and authorized dealers will replace the insulation mat with an improved one, according to the letter. The recall is expected to begin in July.