Ford issues safety recalls for Transit vans, F-150 pickups
Ford Motor Co. on Wednesday issued two separate safety recalls for about 55,000 total vehicles in North America.
The largest recall was for 51,500 2015-2016 Ford Transit wagons for a potential issue with rear seat belt buckles. The rear seat belt buckles are being damaged when heavy objects are placed on top of them, which could cause the buckle not to latch completely, increasing the risk of injury in a crash, Ford said.
The affected vehicles were built at Kansas City Assembly Plant from Feb. 13, 2014 through Jan. 13, 2016. They include 48,990 in the United States and federalized territories, 1,781 in Canada and 699 in Mexico.
The automaker is unaware of any injuries related to the issue.
Ford issued a separate recall for approximately 3,700 2016 Ford F-150 trucks equipped with multi-contour seats. If the multi-contour front passenger seat massage function is turned on and an adult is in that seat, the occupant classification system may incorrectly classify the adult as a child — suppressing the front passenger airbag and increasing the risk of injury in a crash.
The trucks were built at Dearborn Truck Plant from April 27, 2015 through Nov. 22, 2015. They include 2,894 in the United States and federalized territories, 286 in Canada and 503 in Mexico.
In both cases, dealers will replace the affected parts for free.