Ford Recalls 850,000 Vehicles For Seat Belt, Airbag Flaws

Luke Vandezande
by Luke Vandezande
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Ford announced a recall campaign today that will affect approximately 850,050 vehicles.

The announcement affects the 2013 and 2014 C-Max, Fusion, Escape and Lincoln MKZ. Affected models have a restraints-control module that could short circuit, causing the airbag warning light to illuminate. If that happens, the airbags and seat belt pre-tensioners could both malfunction during a crash.

“Depending on the location of the short circuit, the deployable restraint systems (e.g. airbags, pretensioners, side curtains) may not function as intended in the event of a crash, increasing the risk of injury. The short circuit may also affect the function of other systems that use data from the restraints control module, including stability control,” Ford said in an official statement.

This is the 12th recall to affect the 2013 Escape crossover. Despite the frequent call-backs, sales don’t seem to have suffered significantly or at all for the popular compact utility vehicle. Ford says that it isn’t aware of any accidents or injuries related to the defect and that it will replace the affected modules through its dealer network at no charge to owners. The company will begin distributing notification letters to affected owners on November 10 asking them to bring their vehicle to a dealer for service.

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Luke Vandezande
Luke Vandezande

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