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Daimler recalls 50,000 Smart cars to inspect, repair V-belt

Daimler is recalling 50,000 Smart microcars in China, at the request of the country's General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine.

The regulator identified that vibrations can cause the V-belt, an engine component that drives the cooling fan and the alternator, to tear on certain models and has requested that these cars be recalled, a Daimler spokesman said Friday.

Nobody has been injured by this potential defect and there have been no instances of severe engine damage, Daimler said, adding that the China recall will start on Aug. 22.

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

In Europe, the issue is not being treated as a recall because the quality of V-belts can be assessed during regular service intervals, the spokesman said.

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