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Auto Recall Alert: Ford Seats Belts May Fail in Crash

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.