Ford Motor Co. issued a voluntary recall of approximatively 650,000 Lincoln and Ford sedans sold across North America, out of which over 602,000 were sold throughout the United States. The vehicles have been recalled because the company wants to repair the seat belt anchor pretensioner cables which are vital in case of a crash.
These cables are important because they pull the seat belt tight in an accident. According to the company officials, these safety devices could separate due to the high temperature produced when the pretensioners deploy.
If these cables separate, the will no longer restrain the passengers in an accident. Therefore, they will have a much higher risk of getting injured. Ford officials said that two crashes as well as two injuries occurred due to the front seat belt problem.
Customers should go to any Ford dealer, where the specialists will inject a special coating into the passenger and driver front seat belt pretensioner to ensure that the safety cables will not separate.
The recall includes three line-ups, such as 2013-2015 Lincoln MKZ, 2015-2016 Ford Mondeo, and 2013-2016 Ford Fusion. According to the company’s report about the recall, 653 vehicles are in federal territories, 8,665 were sold in Mexico, and other 35,614 in Canada.
In addition, the company issued a total recall of roughly 680,000 vehicles, because around 30,000 were sold in South America, Asia Pacific, and Europe. The voluntary recall was announced on Friday, so it would take a while until this issue is solved.
The Ford Fusion and Lincoln MKZ were manufactured at the company’s plants in Hermosillo, Mexico, and Flat Rock, Michigan. Thanks to the U.S. law, all car manufacturers must make a public announcement of any recall operations whenever they discover a problem related to their vehicles.
The officials said that the fixing wouldn’t take more than a couple of minutes, so owners can rest assured because they cars will be repaired in no time. Volvo, another widely-popular vehicle manufacturer, issued a recall one month ago due to a problem with the seal belt.
The recall implied some safety features too because the seat belt buckle was defective, compared to the pre-tensioning system such as in the case of Ford.
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