Ford is recalling more than 680,000 midsize sedans mainly in North America because the front seat belts may not hold people in a crash.
The recall covers certain 2013 to 2016 Ford Fusion, 2013 to 2015 Lincoln MKZ and 2015 and 2016 Ford Mondeo cars.
Ford says heat generated when the seat belt pre-tensioners deploy can cause cables to break. If that happens the belts may not hold people. Ford says it knows of two injuries related to the problem.
Pre-tensioners tighten seat belts when they sense that cars are stopping.
Dealers will inject insulation into the pre-tensioners to protect the cables from heat at no cost to owners. The recall is expected to begin on Jan. 16.
Most of the cars are in the U.S., Canada, and Mexico.
If you have sustained an injury in a car crash due to this seatbelt failure, seek legal counsel.
Once the recall is announced, For has a duty to reasonably apprise all vehicle owners. How is this done? That is up to Ford to decide.
What if you never receive notice, and later sustained injury from this failed mechanism?
As before, seek legal counsel. Maybe a tougher case, but you still have the right to state a claim for the admitted product defect by Ford.