Ford Recall: 850,000 Cars Affected

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Just the other moment Chrysler announced it's recalling 350,000 vehicles over a fault with the ignition switch, but now Ford drops the bomb: 850,050 cars make up this new safety campaign.
That over a million cars called back for two peculiar issues in less than 24 hours, which isn't something to boast about for the American automotive industry. What's wrong with them Ford cars, you might ask?

The Blue Oval tells the recall population is believed to have been fitted with defective restraints control modules. According to Ford, the potential issue is represented by the possibility of a short circuit in the module. If that occurs, the airbag warning indicator will illuminate, but depending on the location of the short circuit, the deployable restraint systems as in airbags, pretensioners and side curtains may not function as intended in the event of a vehicle crash.

Of course, that translates to an increased injury risk in the event of an accident. Furthermore, the short circuit may also affect the function of other systems that use data from the restraints control module, including the stability control system. Ford tells that in these cases the corresponding warning indicator lamps would also illuminate, so if something goes kaput, the driver can easily identify what happened.

Ford isn't aware of any crashes or injuries related to the condition. As for models affected, these are the 2013 - 2014 model year Ford C-Max (built between Jan. 19th, 2012 to Nov. 21st 2013), the 2013 - 2014 Ford Fusion (Feb. 3th, 2012 to Aug. 24th, 2013, the 2013-2014 Ford Escape (Oct. 5th, 2011 to Nov. 1st, 2013) and 2013 - 2014 Lincoln MKZs built between April 25th, 2012 and September 30th, 2013.

Some 746,843 cars are located in the U.S. of A. and 82,962 are in Canada. Last but not least, the Blue Oval announced dealerships will replace the faulty restraints control module at no cost to the customer.
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About the author: Mircea Panait
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After a 1:43 scale model of a Ferrari 250 GTO sparked Mircea's interest for cars when he was a kid, an early internship at Top Gear sealed his career path. He's most interested in muscle cars and American trucks, but he takes a passing interest in quirky kei cars as well.
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