Ford has just issued two separate recall campaigns in North America affecting 2015-2016 Transit models and 2016 F-150s.
The larger of the two recalls involves approximately 51,500 Ford Transits that may have problematic rear seat belt buckles. Ford has discovered that Transit owners routinely place heavy objects on the rear seat belt buckles that can cause the buckle to not latch correctly therefore increasing the risk of injury if being used by rear passengers.
The affected models were produced between February 13, 2014 and January 13, 2016 at the company’s Kansas City Assembly Plant. 48,990 of them reside in the United States while a further 1,781 are in Canada and 699 in Mexico.
To fix the issue, dealers will replace the rear seat belt buckles if necessary.
As for the second recall, it targets around 3,700 2016 F-150 models built between April 27, 2015 and November 22, 2015.
For cars outfitted with the multi-contour seats, there’s a chance that when the front passenger seat massager is turned on and being used by an adult, it may classify the passenger as a child, therefore suppressing the front passenger airbag in the case of a crash.
At no cost to the customer, the automaker will update the occupant classification system module software.