Ford recalls 680K cars because of seat belt problems

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DEARBORNE, Mich. – About 680,000 Ford Fusions and Lincoln MKZs are being recalled by the manufacturer because a problem that could cause seat belts to fail during a crash.

Ford Motor Company announced Friday that certain 2013-16 Ford Fusion, 2015-16 Ford Mondeo and 2013-15 Lincoln MKZ vehicles are being recalled. The company said the seat belt anchor pretensioners  on the driver and front passenger seat belts need to be serviced to prevent them from failing during a crash. If the pretensioner cables separate during a collision, the belts may not adequately restrain passengers during a crash, the company said.

Ford said that at least two accidents and two injuries have been linked to the seat belt problem.

The affected vehicles include:

  • 2013-15 Fusion vehicles built at Hermosillo Assembly Plant, Nov. 2, 2012 to July 31, 2014
  • 2013 Fusion vehicles built at Hermosillo Assembly Plant, Aug. 13, 2012 to Nov. 1, 2012
  • 2015-16 Fusion vehicles built at Hermosillo Assembly Plant, Aug. 1, 2014 to April 2, 2016
  • 2015-16 Fusion vehicles built at Flat Rock Assembly Plant, Aug. 1, 2014 to Feb. 22, 2016
  • 2014-15 Fusion vehicles built at Flat Rock Assembly Plant, April 12, 2013 to July 31, 2014
  • 2013-15 MKZ vehicles built at Hermosillo Assembly Plant, Nov. 14, 2012 to July 31, 2014
  • 2015-16 Mondeo vehicles built at Valencia Assembly Plant, Aug. 5, 2014 to July 31, 2016

Ford dealers will service the seat belts at no cost to the owner.

The Ford website has more information on the recall.