Ford Motor Company has issued yet another recall. This time, the issue covers 116,796 vehicles which the auto manufacturer claims has a defect that concerns bolts that can possibly fracture in the seat or in the seat belt or the seat belt buckle.
As such, Ford has said, in a press release: “In affected vehicles, if a seat, seatback or seatbelt anchor attaching bolt fractures, the structural integrity of the seat or the seatbelt system’s performance may be compromised in a sudden stop or crash, increasing the risk of injury.”
Basically, the bolts can fracture and, if they do, can reduce the structural integrity of the vehicle. This can, most directly, reduce the integrity of the seatbelt system which can compromise the safety feature in the event of a crash; obviously this can increase risk of physical injury from an accident.
This recall includes at least 94,600 vehicles in the United States, another 20,680 in Canada and at least 51,500 in Mexico. The models listed in the recall include some 2014 or 2015 Ford F-150, E-Series, Escape and Lincoln MKC models.
The recall specifically includes:
• The 2014 Ford F-150 built at the Dearborn Assembly plant between May 9, 2014 and June 15, 2014
• The 2014 Ford F-150 built at the Kansas City plant between May 10, 2014 and June 10, 2014.
• The 2014 Ford E-Series built in Ohio between May 15, 2014 and June 24, 2014
• The 2014-15 Ford Escape built in Louisville between May 11, 2014 and June 18, 2014.
• The 2015 Lincoln MKC built in Louisville between May 11, 2014 and June 18, 2014.
Of course, as per the recall announcement, Ford auto dealers will replace the affected bolts for customers, free of charge. Ford has also announced that the company plans to mail out the recall notices directly to those who had purchased one of these vehicles, informing them of the issue and their potential options.
Fortunately, the Dearborn, Michigan-based automaker has reported no injuries or accidents have been recorded in relation to this issue. Still, if you own one of the vehicles listed and/or have other questions, the car company is encouraging consumers to call Ford customer service at 800.392.3673 or Lincoln customer service at 800.521.4140. Make sure that you note this call is in relation to recall 17S17.