Ford Motor Co. has recalled more than 594,000 of its 2013 and 2014 Escape and C-MAX vehicles in the U.S. due to a software defect that delays airbag deployment during rollover crashes. Also, 582,000 Escapes with flawed door latches were also recalled. This marks the ninth and 10th recalls for the 2013 Escape and the second and third for the 2014 model, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Neither of the defects led to any crashes or injuries, according to Ford’s report. Ford did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
The airbag defect was traced to the vehicles’ restraints control module originating in Mexico. The part provides sensor information used to deploy side-curtain airbags but malfunctioned because of a software error, the report said. Ford said in its letter to regulators that an assembly misalignment caused the door-handle issues. The airbag recall affected all of the Escape sport-utility vehicles and C-MAX hybrids built in Ford’s Louisville, Ky., plant from Oct. 5, 2011, to Feb. 14, 2014, and its Michigan plant from Jan. 19, 2012, to Feb. 24, 2014, the report said. The door-handle defect recall affected Escapes built in the Louisville plant from Oct. 5, 2011, to Feb. 14, 2014. The 2013 Ford Escapes have had eight prior recalls issued due to defects including leaking fuel lines in the engine department, engines overheating and potentially causing fires and faulty driver’s side child locks, according to NHTSA records.
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