Ford Recall Announced For Airbag And Latch Issues

    May 10, 2014
    Ashley Olds
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A series of Ford recalls now applies to nearly 700,000 of their vehicles as issues with airbags and latches have come to light.

Two separate Ford recalls also were announced this past week when it was learned some Escapes harbored a sub-frame problem that could endanger steering control. Also, a second seat back error concerned both the Ford Escape as well as a few other models. There were no injuries although one related accident was reported to have occurred.

Now, in a new set of recalls, Escape small SUVs and C-Max gas-electric hybrids sold in North America will require the two recently discovered glitches in airbags and door handle latches to be fixed for safety. While the recalls cover different vehicles from 2013 to 2014 model years, most of the Ford Escapes will require that both issues be addressed.

The first of the two cases regards about 692,500 Escape and C-Max vehicles.

Due to a software glitch, side curtain air bags might not inflate in some rollover crashes.

It’s what the company dubs a “safety canopy”, where the bag normally deploys from the ceiling by the windows to shield a passenger’s head in the event of a side impact crash or rollover incident. Because the defect is in the computer delay of airbag deployment, Ford dealers will perform a free reprogramming of the air bag control for customers.

As for the second recall regarding defective latches, it was found that roughly 692,700 Escape exterior door handles might bind and thus prevent proper door closing. The potential danger in this case is that the SUV doors could come open while driving. As the latch matter affects 692,700 Escapes in North America, dealers will be inspecting door handles for any necessary repositioning.

Fortunately, these recent issues came to light before any reported crashes or injuries related to them transpired. In a statement, company spokeswoman Kelli Felker reassured consumers: “Ford is committed to providing our customers with top quality vehicles,” and added:

“We are equally committed to addressing potential issues and responding quickly for our customers.”

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  • John

    This vehicle looks and seems like a big POS, yet I do not understand why they end up selling so many of them. I feel sorry for those who own the newer models of this vehicle due to the amount of times that they have been asked to take it in to fix all of the issues that Ford knew about under recall. Add to the fact that the Ecoboost engines have been hampered with quality issues related to shuddering and stalling, and also including a more common “delayed start” issue. I have a 2007 Escape XLT V6 and cannot believe how badly this design (and its engine choices, no V6, really?) has been in terms of overall quality. Just because Ford now offers a turbo 4-cylinder in virtually all of their vehicles, while excluding the trucks (touting them as “the power of a V6 with the gas mileage of a 4-cylinder), it is still a 4-cylinder, regardless of the added power, and nothing more. Furthermore, the overemphasation on the fuel efficiency of the Ecoboost engines has also been problematic in Ford’s playbook lately as well. I believe the company had touted to the public that most Ecoboost engines should be able to achieve up to 35 MPG highway when in fact most drivers complained that they were only getting around 20-25 MPG highway, which is very poor, especially for a standard sedan. Instead of trying to smudge the facts in an effort to gain more sales, they should have really conducted more testing on the engines themselves before releasing them to the public in the first place. The same can be said for the problematic My Ford Touch as well. Software updates will only get them so far. In my opinion, the whole system needs to be re-worked, or scrapped entirely. Oh well, at least they’re listening to the public as they have actually brought back some of the “traditional” buttons in their latest cars.