The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has had a very busy week. Several major automakers have launched recalls, including BMW and Tesla. Now, at least two recall campaigns have been associated with Ford vehicles.
The first recall campaign to be announced by the NHTSA impacts all units of the 2015 and 2016 Transit vehicles manufactured by Ford between March 12, 2014 and March 18, 2016 and 2016 Ford Explorer units. Since the over 37,000 units of these vehicles sold in the United States were fitted with side curtain air bags that may have been packaged incorrectly, the official recall report claims that the air bags may not deploy with the proper trajectory, making occupants vulnerable to possible injury risks.
Ford has announced that since these vehicles may expose serious risks to consumers, all impacted vehicle owners will be contacted after May 16. If you have been impacted by the recall and you’re not sure what you should do to avoid injuries and other issues, make sure to contact the manufacturer immediately for more details on this story.
The second recall announcement issued by Ford impacts all units of the 2015 and 2016 Lincoln MKC vehicles manufactured between November 25, 2013 and January 5, 2016. These vehicles, Ford announced, have been equipped with 2.3L GTDI engines as well as engine block heaters.
Since the engine block heaters may have been produced with certain components that could overheat while in use, there may be a risk of a fire if the components are not replaced.
Consumers are being urged by both the company and the NHTSA to stop using the engine block heater until the issue has been addressed.
Consumers with the recalled vehicles in their garage are being contacted by Ford after May 16. If you have been impacted but Ford doesn’t contact you after May, reach out immediately in order to schedule a visit to a local dealership so the recalled engine block heaters are replaced entirely for free.
Consumers with the recalled vehicles should heed the manufacturer’s instructions and make sure that the vehicles are repaired as soon as possible to avoid dangerous outcomes.
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