One of the most important safety features in today’s automobiles is its airbags; however, a new Ford recall calls into question the integrity of this system during an actual collision. According to the automaker, nearly 850,000 cars and SUVs, including the the 2013-14 Ford C-Max compact, Fusion midsize, Escape SUV and the Lincoln MKZ luxury car, are under now under recall.
In a statement about the recall, Ford says the problem revolves around the vehicles’ restraints control system, which may short circuit and cause the air-bag warning indicator to light up. Air bags, pretensioners and side-curtain airbags will be rendered useless if this short circuit were to occur.
No injuries or accidents have occurred as a result of the restraint controls problem. The potentially faulty system can be identified and replaced at dealerships without charge to vehicle owners.
A majority of the 850,000 vehicles were sold in the U.S. Only 20,000 were sold in Mexico and 82,000 sold in Canada.
An excess of 40 million vehicles have been recalled so far in 2014; however, most of those vehicles were recalled by General Motors (GM). GM has experienced record number recalls due to an ignition switch defect, potentially causing its recalled vehicles to lose engine power, power steering and even disabling air bags if the vehicle crashes.
Source: ABC News