Ford has issued a recall for the Ford Fusion and Lincoln MKZ models in North America that affects more than a hundred thousand vehicles.
A statement from Dearborn reveals that 2015 Fusion and MKZ models may have an issue concerning their seat belt anchor pretensioners.
Ford claims that 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. In layman’s terms, this means the seatbelt may not be able to restrain the driver or passenger in the event of a crash, thus increasing the risk of injury.
In order to fix the issue, 2015 Ford Fusion and Lincoln MKZ owners will need to bring their vehicles to a local dealerships where a technician will apply a coating to protect the cable in question which the presentioner deploys during a crash. The fix will, of course, be performed free of charge.
In total, the campaign affects 103,374 vehicles in the United States and its federal territories. A further 4,002 models from Canada are included, as are 1,023 in Mexico.
The 2015 Fusion models involved in the recall were built at Flat Rock Assembly Plant from August 1, 2014 to January 30, 2015 and at the Hermosillo Assembly Plant from August 1, 2014 to November 24, 2014, whereas the MKZs were manufactured at the Hermosillo Assembly Plant from August 1, 2014 to November 21, 2014.