Ford recalls 850,000 vehicles due to restraints module defect

2013-2014 Ford C-MAX, Fusion, Escape and Lincoln MKZ vehicles affected

Ford announced a safety recall Friday for more than 850,000 2013 and 2014 Ford and Lincoln vehicles that were delivered to North American customers with a potentially defective restraints control module.

The recall covers 2013-2014 Ford C-MAX, Fusion, Escape and Lincoln MKZ vehicles.

The restraints control module is the master controller for all active and passive safety restraint systems in the affected vehicles. Defective modules may short-circuit, potentially resulting in the failure of the vehicles' safety belt pretensioners and airbags in the event of an accident. In addition, systems that rely on or interact with the restraints system may also be rendered unusable, including stability control.

In the event of a module failure, the airbag warning light should illuminate. The same is true for any additional systems that are affected by the failure. Owners who experience any of these indicators should contact a Ford service center immediately. Owners of all affected vehicles should receive a recall notice, and the affected vehicles will be repaired at no charge to customers.

According to Ford, no accidents or injuries have been reported due to this defect.

Affected vehicles include certain 2013-2014 C-MAX vehicles built at Michigan Assembly Plant, Jan. 19, 2012 to Nov. 21, 2013; certain 2013-2014 Fusion vehicles built at Hermosillo Assembly Plant, Feb. 3, 2012 to Aug. 24, 2013; certain 2013-2014 Escape vehicles built at Louisville Assembly Plant, Oct. 5, 2011 to Nov. 1, 2013 and certain 2013-2014 Lincoln MKZ vehicles built at Hermosillo Assembly Plant, April 25, 2012 to Sept. 30, 2013.

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