Ford is recalling MY2013-2014 vehicles over faulty airbags, restraint systems

Article by Christian A., on September 30, 2014

Ford Motor Co. is calling back 850,050 MY2013-2014 vehicles – including the Ford C-Max, Fusion, Escape and Lincoln MKZ -- over an electrical glitch that could cause airbags and seat belt pretensioners to fail to function during a crash.

Affected vehicles include: MY2013-14 C-Maxes built at the Michigan Assembly Plant between Jan. 19, 2012, and Nov. 21, 2013; certain MY2013-14 Fusions produced at the Hermosillo Assembly site in Mexico between Feb. 3, 2012, and Aug. 24, 2013; some Escapes built at the Louisville Assembly Plant between Oct. 5, 2011, and Nov. 1, 2013; and a number of Lincoln MKZs built in Hermosillo between April 25, 2012 and Sept. 30, 2013.

According to Ford, the restraints-control module in the affected vehicles could short circuit, thereby causing the airbag warning indicator to illuminate. The latest callback would be the 12th recall for the 2013 Escape; although Ford have already addressed other defects like fluid leaks, doors that could open while the vehicle is moving, and rollover airbags that may not deploy fast enough.

Ford said in a statement that depending on the location of the short circuit, the deployable restraint systems – including airbags, pretensioners, side curtains -- may malfunction during a crash, increasing the risk of injury. It added that the short circuit could also result to a malfunction of other systems using data from the restraints control module, like stability control.

The carmaker said it has no knowledge of any accidents or injuries tied to a malfunction of the module. The recalled vehicles will their restraint control modules replaced by dealers free of charge while affected customers will be informed through a letter starting Nov. 10.

According to a Ford spokeswoman, the repair will just less than half a day. Loaner vehicles will be provided to customers whose units will need more time to repair. She added that the carmaker has enough replacement restraints-control modules for all affected vehicles, except the Fusion.

Topics: ford, airbag, recall

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