Faulty headlights prompt Lincoln Continental recall

Keith Laing
Detroit News Washington Bureau

Washington — Lincoln Motor Co. is recalling nearly 1,900 of its brand-new 2017 Lincoln Continentals that have headlights that might not meet federal turn-signal visibility requirements.

Lincoln’s parent company, Ford Motor Co., said the HID headlamps of the affected cars might have been “misbuilt with LED lenses that are missing the lens optics necessary to meet turn-signal visibility requirements” that are laid out in section 108 of the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard, which regulates automotive lighting.

Ford said is not aware of any accidents or injuries that are associated with the headlight issue.

The company said 1,826 of the recalled Lincolns are located in the United States, while 49 are in Canada and one is in federalized territories.

Ford said its dealers will inspect the recalled headlights and repair them, if necessary, for free.

The company also issued a recall on Tuesday for 59 of its 2015-16 Ford Edge vehicles to update antilock braking system (ABS) modules.

The company said “incorrect ABS module software may have been loaded into some vehicles when they were in for service.

“The incorrect software could disable electronic stability control (ESC), engine torque control, traction control (T/C), the warning lamp/indicator, the electronic parking brake (EPB) light and the EPB drive-away release function,” the company said. “ABS and electronic brake distribution (EBD) remain fully functional and the EPB can be applied.”

Ford said 53 of the recalled Edge cars are in the United States, three are in Canada and two are in Mexico.

The company said its dealers also will replace the ABS control module or reprogram the ABS module with updated software at no cost to the customer.

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