- Ford is recalling 850,000 vehicles in North America for a potential issue that could affect airbag deployment and other vehicle systems.
- Vehicles being recalled include certain models of the 2013-'14 C-Max, Escape, Fusion and Lincoln MKZ.
- Ford said it is not aware of any accidents or injuries related to this condition and noted that dealers will make repairs at no cost to customers
DEARBORN, Michigan — Ford is recalling an estimated 850,000 vehicles, including the 2013-'14 C-Max, Escape, Fusion and Lincoln MKZ, in North America for a potential issue with the restraints control module, which could affect airbag deployment and other vehicle systems.
In a statement, Ford said that in the affected vehicles, a short circuit may occur in the restraints control module, which could cause "deployable restraint systems" — such as airbags and seatbelt pretensioners — not to function in the event of a crash. If a short circuit does occur, the airbag warning light will illuminate.
In addition, Ford noted that a short circuit could also affect the function of other systems that use data from the restraint control module, including the stability control system. Again, if a short circuit does occur, the corresponding warning light for those systems will illuminate.
Affected Ford vehicles include certain 2013-'14 C-Max vehicles built from January 19, 2012, to November 21, 2013; certain 2013-'14 Fusions built from February 3, 2012, to August 24, 2013; certain 2013-'14 Escapes built from October 5, 2011, to November 1, 2013; and certain 2013-'14 Lincoln MKZ vehicles built from April 25, 2012, to September 30, 2013.
Only some of these models built during the timeframes specified are affected. Ford Safety Communications Manager Kelli Felker told Edmunds that owners of affected vehicles will receive a letter shortly informing them of the recall.
"If a customer experiences an illuminated warning lamp in the meantime," Felker said,
"they should contact their local dealership."
She also noted: "There are enough parts available to service vehicles that may currently be experiencing this issue with their restraints control module, except Fusion which is on backorder at the dealerships."
Ford said it is not aware of any accidents or injuries related to this condition and noted that dealers will replace the restraints control module at no cost to customers.
No information about the recall has yet been posted on the Web site of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, which oversees vehicle recalls in the U.S. Owners may check the site's recall page for updated information.
Edmunds says: If you own one of these vehicles, please follow Ford's instructions for further action, but if you see a warning light, contact your dealer immediately.