Lincoln and Ford Recalls to Address Air Bag Issues

Dearborn, Mich. — March 27, 2017 — Drivers in some Ford vehicles face possible risk from faulty air bag systems, according to a new recall from Ford. In a press release, the manufacturer announced the details surrounding a safety compliance recall that could possibly cause confusion among consumers: Although it involves Takata air bags, it is not a part of the massive international Takata air bag safety recall efforts.

The Defect

The manufacturer said that two possible problems could stem from this defect: Air bags in affected vehicles could either detach entirely or fail to inflate. Both cases are likely in exactly 31,867 vehicles across North America, the majority of which (27,531) are in the U.S. The models involved include Ford Edge vehicles as well as Lincoln Continental and MKX examples with the 2016 and 2017 model years.

Timeline of Events

  • Nov. 11, 2014: Lincoln MKX production began.
  • Oct. 8, 2015: Earliest production date for affected Ford Edge vehicles.
  • Jan. 13, 2016: Assembly for affected Lincoln Continental vehicles began.
  • Jan. 18, 2017: Last production date for affected 2017 Lincoln Continental vehicles.
  • Feb. 15, 2017: Latest production date for both Ford Edge and Lincoln MKX autos involved in this recall.
  • Mar. 2, 2017: Ford published the press release online addressing the issue in all vehicles.

The Resolution

Though the press release did not delve into specifics, Ford mentioned that it would replace faulty air bag modules and help the vehicles comply with federal standards, particularly involving occupant crash protection, FMVSS 208. There were no issues connected to this defect as of March 2, the day of the recall statement’s publication.

In October 2016, the 2016 Ford Edge was involved in a different recall pertaining to electronic stability control within just 53 units. Ford said that its dealers would replace the anti-lock braking systems as part of the repair process, according to an official recall acknowledgement.

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More than 250 Lincoln Town Cars recalled for lack of seating

Dearborn, MI — August 31, 2015 — This July, Ford Motor Company announced a recall for many Lincoln MKT Town Cars missing the back seats. While the press release stated that 91 vehicles were involved in this action, the Part 573 report on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) website states that 265 livery vehicles were potentially affected by this issue and violating safety regulations.

In addition to the missing seats, some of the cars could also be missing the spare tire. The response to this problem has been relatively quick, with the lack of seats first noticed on July 14 and field action first gaining approval on the 21st. The targeted vehicles were produced at Ford's Oakville Assembly plant earlier this year.

The NHTSA document describes the issues related to the lack of seating, including the discrepancy between what these vehicles say their occupancy is and the reality. There were reportedly no injuries associated with this problem as of August 21.

"The placard installed on these vehicles lists the designated seating capacity as five; two in front, three in rear," the report says. "These vehicles were designed and intended to have a second row seat; therefore, the front passenger seating position is not equipped with a tether anchorage."

Since the manufacturer has identified all of the vehicles included in this recall, it will not send specific letters to each owner, though it will "provide remedy instructions" to fleet representatives. This remedy involves installing the rear seat in those vehicles where it is missing, and is part of the original recall associated with the Town Cars.

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Ford issues new pair of recalls for more than 442,000 vehicles

Detroit, MI — May 26, 2015 — Ford announced two new recalls in a single statement issued on May 27. Together, these recalls concern more than 442,000 vehicles across North America, most of which are in the United States, and so far neither of the conditions the company is addressing have resulted in any known injuries, although one has led to four “minor accidents” that could be related to one of the concerns.

Those accidents are attributed to the larger of the two recalls, which includes a group of some 422,800 vehicles for the model years between 2011 and 2013. Affected models include Ford Taurus, Ford Flex, Lincoln MKZ and Mercury Milan automobiles, originating from assembly plants in Chicago, Hermosillo and Oakville. These vehicles are at risk of a electric power steering fault that could suddenly shift steering modes while the vehicle is in use.

The other recall targets a much smaller group of 19,486 2015 Ford Mustangs, specifically those with 2.3 liter engines. The release says that the underbodies of these vehicles are potentially more vulnerable in higher temperatures.

“Prolonged exposure to elevated underbody temperatures might cause degradation of the fuel tank and fuel vapor lines, which could eventually result in a fuel leak,” it says. “In addition, prolonged exposure to elevated underbody temperatures might cause the parking brake cable seals to degrade, potentially affecting parking brake functions.”

In both cases, car dealers will perform the necessary repairs, although the steering issue may require an additional new gear replacement if a simple software fix isn’t enough. The Associated Press reports that 508 related complaints have been traced back to the steering fault, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

With all of the correct recall information in mind, dealers and car owners alike will be able to take the proper action when any significant recall is needed and reduce risk.

Recall MastersFord issues new pair of recalls for more than 442,000 vehicles