Ford Motor Co. is recalling more than 600,000 vehicles due to defective
seat belts. The recall includes certain 2013-16 Ford Fusion and 2013-15
Lincoln MKZ vehicles.
Due to a manufacturing defect, the front seat belts may fail to properly
restrain occupants in a crash. In the impacted vehicles, increased temperatures
generated during deployment of the seat belt anchor pretensioner could
cause pretensioner cables to separate. The pre-tensioners tighten seat
belts when they sense that the car is stopping. Ford is aware of two crashes
and two injuries linked to the seat belt defect.
According to Ford, dealers will inject a conformal coating into the front driver and passenger
seat belt anchor pretensioner to protect the cables from increased temperatures
generated during deployment. The defect repair will be made at no cost
to vehicle owners.
Ford also issued another safety recall for certain 2017 Ford Fusion vehicles.
According to the automaker, the second-row left-rear seat back frame may
have been built with improperly welded pivot pins and needs to be replaced.
Due to the defect, seat backs with pivot pins that may not adequately retain
cargo in a crash, increasing the risk of injury. In this case, Ford is
not aware of any accidents or injuries associated with the defect.
If you or someone you care about has suffered serious harm due to a defective
vehicle, you may be entitled to compensation. For more information, please contact
a San Diego product liability attorney at the Law Offices of Robert Vaage
for a free consultation.