Ford recalls 850,000 vehicles for electronic glitch

David Shepardson
Detroit News Washington Bureau

Washington — Ford Motor Co. said Friday it is recalling 850,000 vehicles because an electrical glitch could prevent the air bags from deploying in a crash.

The Dearborn automaker said in a statement Friday that is recalling some 2013-14 Ford C-MAX, Fusion, Escape and Lincoln MKZ vehicles in North America for an issue with the restraints control module.

The recall includes 745,000 vehicles in the United States, 82,000 in Canada and 20,000 in Mexico.

The module may experience a short circuit, Ford said.

“If a short circuit occurs, the airbag warning indicator will illuminate. Depending on the location of the short circuit, the deployable restraint systems (e.g., airbags, pretensioners, side curtains) may not function as intended in the event of a crash, increasing the risk of injury. The short circuit may also affect the function of other systems that use data from the restraints control module, including stability control,” Ford said.

The recall includes the 2013 Escape — which in a short period has become one of Ford's most recalled vehicles.

This marks the 12th recall for various versions of the 2013 Escape and Ford has issued 41 technical service bulletins for various problems.

Ford said it is not aware of any crashes or injuries related to this condition. Dealers will replace the restraints control module.

Automakers this year have recalled millions of vehicles because the airbags could fail to deploy. The auto industry has recalled a record setting more than 45 million vehicles this year — breaking the all-time record of 30.8 million vehicles recalled set in 2004.

The new Ford recall includes 2013-2014 C-MAX vehicles built at the Michigan Assembly Plant in Wayne from Jan. 19, 2012 to Nov. 21, 2013; some 2013-2014 Fusion vehicles built at Hermosillo Assembly Plant, Feb. 3, 2012 to Aug. 24, 2013; some 2013-14 Escape vehicles built at Louisville Assembly Plant, Oct. 5, 2011 to Nov. 1, 2013; and some 2013-14 Lincoln MKZ vehicles built at Hermosillo Assembly Plant, April 25, 2012 to Sept. 30, 2013.