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More than 850K vehicles recalled by Ford due to airbag safety issues related to potential short circuit

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 ... Read More

Steering defect, other problems prompt Ford to recall 1.3 million vehicles

Ford Motor Company is recalling 915,000 compact sport utility vehicles to repair a defect in the steering gear that can result in a sudden loss of power steering. The recall is the largest of four safety recalls affecting 1.3 million vehicles the auto maker announced Thursday. According to Ford, the steering defect recall affects model year 2008-2011 Ford Escape and Mercury Mariner SUVs manufactured at Ford’s Kansas City, Mo., factory. The company is also recalling 527 of the vehicles outside the U.S. for the same problem. The vehicles affected by the glitch were made between Aug. 18, 2006, and Sept. ... Read More

NHTSA investigating reports of sudden acceleration in Ford and Mercury cars

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is investigating new reports of sudden unintended acceleration in three separate incidents, but not in Toyota vehicles. This time, the complaints involve acceleration incidents that have occurred in the 2010 Ford Fusion and Mercury Milan. NHTSA is investigating possible causes of sudden acceleration in the American-made cars. The probe is still ongoing, but floor mats appear to be a likely culprit just as they were reported to be in many of the sudden, unintended acceleration incidents involving millions of Toyota and Lexus vehicles. Although no recalls have yet been issued, NHTSA has “warned owners ... Read More