Ford issues three new safety recalls
Ford Motor Company has recently issued three safety recalls for six of their vehicles.
Based on its safety announcement last Tuesday, July 21, the 2016-20 Lincoln MKX and Nautilus (built at Oakville Assembly Plant from Nov. 11, 2014, to Jan. 24, 2020); 2021 Ford F-650 and F-750 (built at Ohio Assembly Plant from March 18, to June 8, 2020) and 2020 Ford Escape and Transit (2020 Ford Escape vehicles built at Louisville Assembly Plant on March 18, 2020 and 2020 Ford Transit vehicles built at Kansas City Assembly Plant from Feb. 18 to March 19, 2020) are being recalled over various equipment issues.
The first safety recall is for select 2016-20 Lincoln MKX and Nautilus vehicles equipped with 16-way power seats. In the affected vehicles, there may be insufficient allowance between the driver and/or front passenger seat wiring harness and the seat cushion pan, which could eventually cause wiring harness abrasion. If this happens, the airbag system may not deploy as intended, increasing the risk of injuries.
So far, Ford is not aware of any reports of accident or injury related to this safety issue, which affects 19,299 vehicles in the U.S. and federal territories, 4,262 in Canada and 1,023 in Mexico.
When a customer returns the vehicle, dealers will install flocking tape on the exposed edge of the 16-way seat cushion frames, inspect the wire harness, and repair or replace any equipment as needed. The Ford reference number for this recall is 20S37.
For the select 2021 Ford F-650 and F-750 vehicles with a 7.3-liter engine, the safety recall is is focused on vehicles that were built without certain thermal protection components. These components are intended to reduce the interior cabin floor and seat attachment temperatures.
These missing components may include: an underbody heat shield, a thermal insulator patch under the floor mat, and/or covers for the seat bolts and seat pedestal. In vehicles that are missing these thermal protection components, the interior cabin floor and seat attachments could get really hot. Continuous skin contact with such elevated temperatures may lead to skin irritation or a minor burn. This issue affects 1,299 vehicles in the U.S. and 31 in Canada.
As before, Ford is also not aware of any reports of accident or injury related to this issue.
Once returned, dealers will install the underbody heat shield, thermal insulator patch under the floor mat, seat base covers and seat bolt covers. The Ford reference number for this recall is 20S36.
The last safety recall is intended for select 2020 Ford Escape and Transit vehicles, wherein affected vehicles have a faulty curtain airbag. In the event of a crash, these vehicles' curtain airbags have the risk of not inflating properly during deployment. This issue affects 68 vehicles in the U.S. and 12 in Canada.
As of now, Ford is not aware of any reports of accident or injury related to this condition.
Once the vehicle is returned to the dealer, the curtain airbag modules will be replaced. The Ford reference number for this recall is 20S35.
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