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850,000 Ford Cars Recalled Due to Air Bag-Related Defect

Sep 30, 2014

Ford Motor is recalling 850,000 vehicles due to a potentially fatal air bag defect. According to CNNMoney the recalled cars have a defect that can cause a short circuit, stopping the air bag from deploying during a crash.

Models affected by the recall include some of the Ford C-Max, Fusion, Escape and Lincoln MKZ from model years 2013 and 2014. According to Ford, the air bag warning light should come on to show that the safety systems are malfunctioning. The computer module in the affected cars will be replaced.

The auto industry has seen substantial recalls recently. Previously, CNNMoney reported that GM recalled 16.5 million cars over an ignition switch defect that has been linked to 19 deaths. This year alone, 2.6 million small cars were recalled because of this issue. The company received huge backlash because evidence suggests that they were aware of the problem a decade ago.

Similarly, Chrysler has also recalled a number of vehicles due to a faulty ignition switch. Recently, the company recalled 350,000 older cars and SUVs with switches that can cause the car to stall. The problem is that the switch may not fully return to the “on” position after being rotated to “start”. If the switches move to “accessory” or “off” power may be shut off from the engine, power-assisted steering and other features. This issue prompted Chrysler to recall 196,000 Dodge Journal SUVs and Dodge Caravan and Chrysler Town & Country minivans from the 2007 through 2009 model years. This year, another 696,000 minivans and SUVs from the 2007 to 2010 model years were added to the 2011 recall.

For both the Chrysler and GM ignition switch recalls, drivers are urged to not use a keychain or any other attachment.

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