RECALL: Seatbelts Could Fail In More Than 100,000 Ford Cars

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By WWJ Newsradio 950

DETROIT (WWJ) - Some Ford cars are being recalled because of seatbelts that could fail to work properly in a crash.

Ford Motor Co. on Wednesday issued a safety recall for select 2015 Ford Fusion and 2015 Lincoln MKZ vehicles for an issue involving seat belt anchor pretensioners.

In affected vehicles, the comapny said, increased temperatures generated during deployment of the driver or front-passenger seat belt anchor pretensioner could degrade the tensile strength of the cable below the level needed to restrain an occupant. Seatbelt assemblies that don't adequately restrain the occupant in a crash can increase the risk of injury.

Ford said it's aware of one report of injury on connection with the problem.

The recall includes 103,374 vehicles in the U.S. and its territories, 4,002 in Canada and 1,023 in Mexico.

Affected vehicles include the following:
  • 2015 Ford Fusion vehicles built at Flat Rock Assembly Plant from Aug. 1, 2014 to Jan. 30, 2015 and at Hermosillo Assembly Plant from Aug. 1, 2014 to Nov. 24, 2014
  • 2015 Lincoln MKZ vehicles built at Hermosillo Assembly Plant from Aug. 1, 2014 to Nov. 21, 2014

Dealers will apply a coating to protect the cable during a pretensioner deployment. The Ford reference number for this recall is 19S25.