Around 745,000 sport utility vehicles and sedans are being recalled by Ford in the United States, since there is a problem with an electronic module, due to which air bags can be prevented from deploying in a crash. This action covers 2013-14 Ford C-Max, Lincoln MKZ, Escape and Fusion models.
In addition to this, around 20,000 vehicles in Mexico and 82,000 in Canada are covered by this recall. Now, around 3.9 million vehicles have been recalled in the United States this year by Ford. This is more than 3 times the number that was recalled in the year 2013.
The automaker said that air bags can be disabled by a short-circuit in the restraints control module. The electronic stability control can be affected as well. The electronic stability control is an important safety device through which the vehicle is brought under control during a skid.
Ford said that it wasn’t aware of any injuries or accidents related to the problem. The problem was detected by the automaker as a part of its normal internal processes such as warranty claims.
The problem in the air bag of Ford wasn’t related to defects in Takata air bags, which in recent years have resulted in worldwide recalls of around 1.4 million vehicles by 11 automakers. The Ford control module isn’t produced by Takata, says Ms. Felker.
This year, nearly 595,000 C-Max and Escape crossovers were recalled by Ford from 2013-2014 model problem with restraint control module.