Ford is recalling 602,739 vehicles in the United States to repair seatbelt pretensioners that might fail in a crash, the automaker stated Friday.
On the 2013–2016 Fusion and 2013–2015 Lincoln MKZ, the pretensioning program, which cinches the belts added tight for front-seat passengers during a collision, has cables that might separate. Ford stated the higher temperatures surrounding the cables in the course of pretensioner deployment, which uses little explosive charges, can result in cable separation and could lead to improved injuries in a crash.
At a later date, dealers will apply a thermal coating on the pretensioner cable anchor to avoid any separation. Ford stated it knows of at least two accidents and two injuries associated to the defect.
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