Ford has issued a safety recall of more than 680,000 midsize sedans in North America citing issues with front seat belts that may not hold people in event of a crash.
The recall affects 680,872 vehicles including 602,739 in the United States, 35,614 in Canada, 8,665 in Mexico and 653 in federalized territories. The affected vehicles include 2013-16 Fusion, and 2013-15 MKZ vehicles. Ford says that it aware of two accidents and two injuries associated with this issue.
According to Ford, increased temperatures generated during deployment of the seat belt anchor pretensioner in affected vehicles could cause pretensioner cables to separate, which may inadequately restrain an occupant in a crash, increasing risk of injury. Ford is recalling the cars to insulate front driver and passenger seat belt anchor pretensioners to prevent cable separation in a crash. For the insulation, dealers will inject a conformal coating into the front driver and passenger seat belt anchor pretensioner to protect the cables from increased temperatures generated during deployment at no cost to the customer.
Alongside this major recall, Ford has also issued another safety recall that affects only 27 2017 Ford Fusion vehicles. The vehicles are being recalled to replace second-row left-rear seat back frame, which may have been built with improperly welded pivot pins. In the affected vehicles, seat backs with pivot pins that were improperly welded may not adequately retain cargo in a crash, increasing the risk of injury.
Ford is not aware of any accidents or injuries associated with this issue. There are approximately 27 vehicles affected, including 25 in the United States and two in Canada. Dealers will replace the second-row left-rear seat back frame at no cost to the customer.