IHS Global Insight
September 5, 2017
Ford is issuing three different recalls covering nearly 143,000 vehicles in North America, the automaker said in a statement August 31. The first recall involves approximately 935 model year 2017 Ford F-150 and Mustang vehicles with faulty ARC passenger airbag inflators installed in Takata airbags. Takata notified Ford of an abnormal deployment during testing. The affected ARC inflators may rupture during a front passenger airbag deployment, with metal fragments striking vehicle occupants. The recall affects models produced between July 20, 2017 and August 1, 2017, involving 650 vehicles in the United States, 279 in Canada and six in Mexico.
The second recall covers 141,340 model year 2015-17 Ford F-150 Crew Cab and 2017 F-250 and F-350 Super Duty Crew Cab vehicles over an issue with left rear inflatable seatbelt assembly. The recall affects Ford F-150 models built between July 20, 2015 and June 16, 2017, and the Ford Super Duty produced between October 20, 2015 and June 16, 2017. In the affected vehicles, inadequate rivet head thickness may allow separation of left rear inflatable seat belt buckle from its mounting bracket during a crash, increasing the risk of injury, said the automaker. The recall covers 117,423 vehicles in the United States, 15,715 in Canada and 8,202 in Mexico.
The third recall covers 835 model year 2017 Ford Focus vehicles over problems with second-row left-side seatback frame. In the affected vehicles, a seatback with inadequate weld penetration between the outboard pivot bracket and the pivot nut joint could have reduced strength, thereby increasing the risk of injury in a crash. The recall affects models manufactured between June 7, 2017 and June 12, 2017.
Significance: Included among the issues are the faulty airbag inflators that have already caused automakers to recall millions of vehicles globally. In all three recalls, Ford said it is not aware of any accidents or injuries associated with the issues. As such, the preemptive recall is a welcome step by the automaker to avoid future mishaps.
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