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Ford Recalls Over 850K Vehicles Including Fusion and Escape

Fusion hybrid
Source: Ford

Recalls can always sting a little, but it hurts a little more when there are some serious mass-market models in play. Ford is finding that out now, with a safety recall of 850,050 models that span a couple of the brand’s most popular sellers in North America, including the Fusion and Escape. Reportedly, the issue stems from a problem with the restraints control module, which may experience a short circuit. “If a short circuit occurs, the airbag warning indicator will illuminate,” Ford said. “Depending on the location of the short circuit, the deployable restraint systems (e.g., airbags, pretensioners, side curtains) may not function as intended in the event of a crash, increasing the risk of injury.” Other affected models include the C-Max hybrid and the Lincoln MKZ, all from the 2013 and 2014 model years. About 745,000 of the vehicles were located within the United States and federalized territories, about 82,000 of them were sold in Canada, and the remaining 20,000 were sold in Mexico. This brings Ford’s recall totals for the year so far to about 3.9 million, and while that figure is dwarfed by the more than 30 million recalled by fellow Michigan resident General Motors, it’s still about three times the number of cars that the brand recalled last year, according to the New York Times.

2014 Escape
Source: Ford