Ford Motor Co. has recalled nearly 850,000 2013-2014 C-MAX, Fusion, Escape and Lincoln MKZ vehicles in North America because of a problem with the electric module that controls the cars’ deployable restraint systems. This can cause air bags to not properly deploy during an accident. The affected vehicles’ restraints control modules – which manage the deployments of air bags, seatbelt pretensioners, side curtains and more – have a potential defect that causes short circuiting to occur. This leads to the systems not properly functioning in the event of a crash and increases the risk of injury.
The safety recall covers approximately 745,000 vehicles in the U.S., 82,000 in Canada, and 20,000 in Mexico, according to the statement. The recall includes certain 2013-2014 C-MAX vehicles built at Ford’s Michigan Assembly Plant between Jan. 19, 2012 to Nov. 21, 2013; certain 2013-2014 Escape vehicles built at its Louisville Assembly Plant from Oct. 5, 2011 to Nov. 1, 2013; and certain 2013-2014 Fusion vehicles built at Ford’s Hermosillo Assembly Plant between Feb. 3, 2012 to Aug. 24, 2013, as well as certain 2013-2014 Lincoln MKZ vehicles built at the same plant from April 25, 2012 to Sept. 30, 2013, the statement said.
According to a statement by Ford, the short-circuiting potentially causes the air bag warning indicator to illuminate and the deployable restraint systems to not properly function. It also could affect the function of other systems that use data from the restraints control module, such as stability control, the statement said. Ford dealers are instructed to replace the restraints control module at no cost to the customer.
You may recall that in May, the automaker recalled more than 594,000 of its 2013 and 2014 Escape and C-MAX vehicles because of a software defect that delays air bag deployment during rollover crashes. In addition, 582,000 Escapes with flawed door latches were recalled. The defect in the May recall 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, according to a May report. Ford said in a letter to NHTSA that an assembly misalignment caused the door-handle issues
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