Ford is recalling just over 100,000 cars with seat belts that might fail during a crash. The defect has caused at least one injury. Here’s what you need to know.
Ford Fusion and Lincoln MKZ sedans from model year 2015 are part of this recall. The sedans were built between August 1 of 2014 and January 30 of 2015. 103,374 vehicles are involved in North America, with an additional 4,002 sedans in Canada and 1023 in Mexico.
The cars were manufactured in both the Flat Rock Assembly Plant in Michigan and the Hermosillo Assembly Plant in Mexico.
In all of these cars, there is a chance that the seat belt pretensioner can wear down over time. If that happens, the seat belts may not be able to hold a passenger in the event of a crash. Sadly, at least one injury has been reported from the failure of the faulty part.
Here’s the official word from Ford on the recall: “In affected vehicles, increased temperatures generated during deployment of the driver or front-passenger seat belt anchor pretensioner could degrade the tensile strength of the cable below the level needed to restrain an occupant. Seat belt assemblies that do not adequately restrain the occupant in a crash can increase the risk of injury.”
If your car is part of this recall, you’ll receive a notice in the mail with instructions on how to get it fixed. A technician at your local dealership will spray a coating on the cable in the pretensioner to stop it from failing. It’s one of the easier fixes for recent automotive recalls, and you should get it taken care of as soon as possible if your car is affected.
Just this month, Ford issued additional recalls for the 2020 Explorer and Lincoln Aviator because of a missing part that might cause the vehicles to roll while parked. They also extended warranties on more than half a million Focus and Fiesta cars with defective transmissions. Ford was forced to pay out a $35 million class-action settlement to owners who bought lemons from the auto manufacturer.
A recent study by Consumer Reports found that just under 60% of recalled vehicles receive an appropriate repair. If you think that your car might be part of a recall, you can enter the VIN into the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration at NHTSA.gov.