Ford Recalls 100,000 Sedans Over Seatbelt Pretensioners

Matt Posky
by Matt Posky
ford recalls 100 000 sedans over seatbelt pretensioners

Ford may be phasing out the Fusion and Lincoln MKZ sedans in the near future, that doesn’t mean you won’t see some the next time you’re visiting the dealership. Last week, the company announced a recall of 103,374 vehicles in the United States, 4,002 in Canada and 1,023 in Mexico due to bunk seatbelt anchor pretensioners.

According to the notice, increased temperatures generated during deployment of the driver or front-passenger pretensioner could degrade the tensile strength of the cable below the level needed to effectively restrain an occupant.

As nobody wants to be freestyling inside their automobile in the event of a crash, Ford said dealers “will apply a coating to protect the cable during a pretensioner deployment.”

Affected vehicles include all 2015 Ford Fusion vehicles manufactured at Ford’s Flat Rock Assembly Plant between August 2014 and January 2015. Impacted Lincolns include 2015 model-year MKZs built at the Hermosillo Assembly Plant between August 2014 and November 2014. Fusions assembled the Mexican location over the same timeframe were also included in the recall.

Ford said it is aware of one reported injury related to the defect. The recall will begin in earnest next month, when the company said it would begin contacting customers to arrange a visit at their local dealership. Repairs relating to the tensioner will be conducted free of charge.

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  • Cprescott Cprescott on Aug 19, 2019

    How bad must you be to have every other model with safely designed seatbelts and you don't copy that (or use that) in your bread and butter car? As a former ford Fanboi, I add this as yet another exhibit why I drive a Hyundai now instead of a Ford. This company half steps its way through anything that is not an $80k truck.

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    • Highdesertcat Highdesertcat on Aug 20, 2019

      dukeisduke, it might very well be that it is the inertia reel feature, since I never had a Pretensioner or Airbag go off on me. Never been in an accident. My experience was that the seatbelt tightened automatically after having been put on and the person could not lean forward. It required the passenger who was reaching for snacks or pouring coffee from a bottle to unbuckle to relieve the tension and provide freedom of movement at 80mph.

  • Hummer Hummer on Aug 19, 2019

    They’re applying a coating? What, like flex seal?

    • 56BelAire 56BelAire on Aug 19, 2019

      Phil Swift has agreed to apply the tape to each and every car.......geez, I love that guy.

  • Inside Looking Out Inside Looking Out on Aug 19, 2019

    IIRC I had exactly the same recall in my previous 2014 Ford Fusion and it was 3 years ago. It was a great car though and replaced it with 2018 Fusion which did not had recalls so far.

  • TheDumbGuy TheDumbGuy on Aug 20, 2019

    Hey, sh#t happens. Ford first put seatbelts in their cars as an option in about 1956. Someone slipped up, it happens. I am sure that Ford did not intend that this part fail. A mistake was made in the design, the selection of the materials used, testing, manufacture, assembly, or installation. No one is perfect.