Ford Motor Company recalled more than 100,000 of its 2015 Fusion and Lincoln MKZ models over defective seat belts, which have caused at least one injury. Ford announced that the defect was a cable within the seat belt system that can become overheated during a crash and may not be able to restrain a passenger adequately. The company says dealers will apply a protective coating to keep the cable from overheating.
Recall affects 103,374 vehicles in the U.S.
Besides the vehicles recalled in the U.S. and its territories, the recall includes 4,002 cars in Canada and 1,023 in Mexico. Affected vehicles include:
- 2015 Ford Fusion built at the Flat Rock, Michigan, plant from Aug. 1, 2014, through Jan. 30, 2015, and at the Hermosillo, Mexico, plant between Aug. 1, 2014, and Nov. 21, 2014.
- 2015 Lincoln MKZs built at the Hermosillo plant from Aug. 1, 2014, through Nov. 21, 2014.
This is Ford’s fourth major recall of 2019
So far this year, Ford has recalled more than 2 million vehicles for various safety problems:
- July: 58,000 Focus models built between 2012 and 2017 were recalled for potential fuel tank issues
- June: 1.2 million Explorers produced from 2011 to 2017 were recalled over suspension problems
- January: 953,000 vehicles, including seven different models, were recalled over defective Takata airbags
Seek legal assistance if repairs are unsatisfactory
Ford says it is aware of one injury related to the faulty seat belt cable and will begin notifying customers on Sept. 9 at which time dealers will be ready to fix the problem. The company urges owners of affected vehicles to have the repair done as soon as possible. Anyone who is subsequently unsatisfied with repairs or was in an accident involving the defective vehicle may want to consult an attorney who has experience in federal and California lemon laws.