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Mercedes recalls 50,144 smart cars in China

From the Shanghai Daily:
Mercedes-Benz recalls 50,144 smart cars in China for defective belt drive


German automaker Mercedes-Benz will recall 50,144 smart cars in China after they were found to have a defective belt drive, China's top quality watchdog said Friday.

Smart 52kW micro hybrid drive (mhd) models from 2009 to 2014 will be recalled starting on August 22, according to a statement from the General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine.

Vibration from the engine caused the belt drive transmission system to fail in some vehicles, causing engine damage in more serious cases, the statement said.

The company's China branch will check all vehicles manufactured between August 27, 2008 and March 21, 2014 replacing problematic parts and upgrading the transmission system to eradicate potential hazards.

Earlier this month, Mercedes-Benz announced that it will recall 57,843 petrol-powered Smart Fortwo vehicles in China starting from August 22 due to a problems with the warm water shut-off valve.



And in the International Business Times:

At China’s Request, Daimler Recalls 50,000 Smart Cars For Risk Of Cooling Belt Break

Chinese product safety authorities have asked German automaker Daimler AG (FRA:DAI) to recall about 50,000 Smart minicars because a belt that powers the vehicle’s cooling fan and alternator could tear, causing the car to overheat and to lose electrical power.

The maker of Mercedes-Benz luxury cars confirmed to Reuters that China’s General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine requested that Daimler issue the voluntary recall and that Daimler agreed to begin fixing the problem starting on Aug. 22. The affected model years were not disclosed.

China has been leaning on foreign automakers to roll back prices of auto parts and vehicles it says are artificially high. At least seven car companies have agreed to price reductions of as much as 20 percent. Last week, Chinese officials from the National Development and Reform Commission (NRDC), one of three agencies that have the power to investigate antitrust activities, searched Daimler’s Shanghai offices for evidence of price fixing.

Though it’s not clear if the order to recall the Smart cars is related to China’s larger push against foreign automakers, the country is treating the defect – where engine vibrations can cause the belt to snap – more seriously than in Europe, where the problem can be repaired during routine maintenance.

About 4,000 Smart cars are also being recalled in Japan for the same reason, Reuters reported.
 

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Thanks for the info; I shared the cooling belt recall article on smartusainsider.com and the smart USA Facebook page. Awaiting their response. :)
 

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I shared the cooling belt recall article on smartusainsider.com and the smart USA Facebook page. Awaiting their response. :)
"China has been leaning on foreign automakers to roll back prices of auto parts and vehicles it says are artificially high. At least seven car companies have agreed to price reductions of as much as 20 percent. Last week, Chinese officials from the National Development and Reform Commission (NRDC), one of three agencies that have the power to investigate antitrust activities, searched Daimler’s Shanghai offices for evidence of price fixing."

Now that's an interesting commentary . . .

Hey, maybe this will awaken our new smartUSA leader to make a pronouncement.

Not expecting any sudden response but a meeting of the Daimler/smartUSA "suits" will probably be in order?
 
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