Ford Recalls Over 850K Vehicles Including Fusion and Escape
Recalls can always sting a little, but it hurts a little more when there are some serious mass-market models in play. Ford (NYSE:F) is finding that out now, with a safety recall of 850,050 models that span a couple of the brand’s most popular sellers in North America, including the Fusion and Escape. Reportedly, the issue stems from a problem with the restraints control module, which may experience a short circuit. “If a short circuit occurs, the airbag warning indicator will illuminate,” Ford said. “Depending on the location of the short circuit, the deployable restraint systems (e.g., airbags, pretensioners, side curtains) may not function as intended in the event of a crash, increasing the risk of injury.” Other affected models include the C-Max hybrid and the Lincoln MKZ, all from the 2013 and 2014 model years. About 745,000 of the vehicles were located within the United States and federalized territories, about 82,000 of them were sold in Canada, and the remaining 20,000 were sold in Mexico. This brings Ford’s recall totals for the year so far to about 3.9 million, and while that figure is dwarfed by the more than 30 million recalled by fellow Michigan resident General Motors, it’s still about three times the number of cars that the brand recalled last year, according to the New York Times.
Ford said that it was not yet aware of any injuries or deaths that might have occurred as a result of the defect, but it detected the problem as part of its “normal internal processes,” such as warranty claims, Kelli Felker, a company spokeswoman, wrote in an email to the New York Times. Felker noted that the airbag issue was not in any way related to the massive 14-million unit recall by Takata Corp. earlier this year, an effort that spanned many automakers around the world — including Ford. The control module at hand is not manufactured by Takata. While the Fusion has largely missed the rounds of software updates and other fizes, the Escape and C-Max models have been notably susceptible to recalls. The Escape was recalled numerous times (for different years) over fire risks. Both were brought in earlier this year for a problem with the same restraints control module; 595,000 vehicles were covered under that previous effort. The Ford Fusion is the automaker’s best selling car in the U.S. and its second vehicle (along with the F-150) sitting in the top 10 on the domestic market. Through the first eight months of 2014, Ford sold 218,892 models of the midsize sedan. Ford’s Escape sits just behind in eleventh place with 208,444 models sold in 2014. More from Autos Cheat Sheet: