Ford Recalls 850K Vehicles with Faulty Air Bag, Seat Belt Systems

Sep 26, 2014 03:40 PM EDT | Jordan Ecarma


Ford has announced a recall for 850,000 vehicles in North America with faulty safety restraint systems that could have problematic air bags and seat belts.

Affecting the 2013-'14 C-Max, Fusion, Escape and Lincoln MKZ models, the recall has not been related to any accidents or injuries, reported.

The recall, which includes certain vehicles manufactured from 2011 to 2013, should get under way soon with the first notification letter to owners.

"If a customer experiences an illuminated warning lamp in the meantime, they should contact their local dealership," Ford Safety Communications Manager Kelli Felker told Edmunds. "There are enough parts available to service vehicles that may currently be experiencing this issue with their restraints control module, except Fusion, which is on backorder at the dealerships."

The affected vehicles may have air bags and seat belts that don't function properly in the event of a crash due to a short circuit that affects the restraint systems.

"The short circuit may also affect the function of other systems that use data from the restraints control module, including stability control," the automaker said in a statement. "In these cases, the corresponding warning indicator lamps would also illuminate."

As of Sept. 24, Ford had counted approximately 745,000 of the recalled vehicles in the U.S. and federalized territories; around 82,000 in Canada; and 20,000 in Mexico.

For the recall, dealerships will replace the restraints control module in affected vehicles at no cost to owners.

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