Smart ForTwo

The Smart is not a smart choice unless easy parking is a priority. Only an electric-drive version is available. Tiny dimensions and a diminutive turning circle make this runabout a breeze to park. We tested it with the discontinued turbocharged, three-cylinder, gas engine. Handling was fairly responsive, but the ride was jittery and jumpy.
There is 1 recall on this vehicle. Learn More.


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The 2019 Smart ForTwo has been recalled 1 time by NHTSA. View Recalls

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Feb 24, 2020
If the high-voltage battery fails, the vehicle may stall, increasing the risk of a crash. In addition, an electrical arc inside the battery increases the risk of a fire.
Mercedes-Benz USA, LLC. (MBUSA) is recalling one 2019 Smart Fortwo Electric Drive vehicle. A welded joint within the high-voltage battery main cell conductors may detach and interrupt electrical contact, resulting in sudden battery failure. The detached weld may also cause an electrical arc which can ignite inside the battery cells.
What should you do:
MBUSA will notify the owner, and a dealer will replace the high-voltage battery, free of charge. The recall began May 8, 2020. Owners may contact MBUSA customer service at 1-800-367-6372. MBUSA's number for this recall is 2020030009.
For more information:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 20V107000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 1
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