Ford Issues 2 Recalls For 55,000 Cars Over Safety Issues

Feb 24, 2016 03:36 PM EST | John Nassivera

Ford issued two separate recalls Wednesday that cover a total of about 55,000 vehicles North America in order to fix safety issues affecting their seats and seat belts.

The first recall pertains to rear seat belt buckles that can be damaged when heavy objects are placed on top of them, which could lead to the buckle not latching on completely, according to WTOP. The Detroit-based automaker said that this can increase the chance of passengers getting injured in a crash.

Vehicles covered under this recall include 51,500 2015-2016 Ford Transit wagons, which were built at Kansas City Assembly Plant between Feb. 13, 2014 and Jan. 13, 2016, The Detroit News reported. Of these vehicles, 48,990 are in the U.S. and federalized territories, 1,781 are in Canada, and 699 are in Mexico.

The second recall focuses on multi-contour front passenger seats, and if an adult is sitting in the seat when its massage function is on, the occupant classification system could incorrectly identify the adult as a child, Autoblog noted. As a result, the front passenger airbag would be suppressed, increasing the risk of an injury in a crash.

Covered vehicles include about 3,700 2016 Ford Ford F-150 pickup trucks, which were built at Dearborn Truck Plant between April 27, 2015 and Nov. 22, 2015, according to The Detroit News. Of these vehicles, 2,894 are in the U.S. and federalized territories, 286 are in Canada, and 503 are in Mexico.

Ford has not received any reports of injuries or deaths related to either issue, and the automaker will replace the faulty parts for free.

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