Ford Recalls 1,176,771 2013-2014 Vehicles in Two Separate Recalls Involving Air Bag and Door Defects

Ford announced it will recall 1,176,771 vehicles in two separate actions that affect three different models. The recalls involve air bag and door defects in 2013-2014 models.

The largest recall affects 594,785 Ford Escape and Ford C-Max vehicles.  The model years affects the newest models from 2013 and 2014.  They were manufactured in two different plants: the Michigan Assembly Plant from January 19, 2012, to February 24, 2014 and the Louisville Assembly Plant from October 5, 2011, to February 14, 2014.  The reason for the recall is an air bag defect.  In the affected vehicles, the restraint control module (RCM) may have errors in the programming software, which may result in a delayed deployment of the side-curtain rollover air bag.  If the side-curtain rollover air bag is delayed in deploying in certain rollover circumstances, the risk of injury to the passengers is increased.

Ford will notify owners, and dealers will reprogram the RCM, free of charge.  The recall is expected to begin May 26, 2014. Owners may contact Ford customer service at 1-800-392-3673.  Ford’s number for this recall is 14S04.

The other recall affects 581,986 2013-2014 model Ford Escape automobiles due to an assembly line error with the vehicle’s door.  Due to an assembly misalignment between the exterior door handle and the door outer panel, the affected vehicles have doors that may be difficult to close or may possibly open while driving.

Ford will notify owners, and dealers will inspect and correct the mounting of the door handles, as necessary, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin on May 26, 2014. Owners may contact Ford customer service at 1-800-392-3673.  Ford’s number for this recall is 14S03.

Previously in April 2014, Ford recalled 392,085 vehicles in two separate actions for corrosion and seat defects.

Americans rely on their car manufacturers to provide a safe well-designed vehicle.  Sadly, that is not often the case.  The Auto Defect Attorneys at The Brandi Law Firm has successfully represented many people injured from defective Toyotas, Fords, Chryslers, Volkswagens, GM products and numerous other manufacturers and suppliers.  Often times, people involved in accidents do not examine the issues of defective vehicle design nor whether the car was truly crashworthy – does it contain the appropriate crash protection.  If you or a loved one has been injured in an auto crash, our attorneys at The Brandi Law Firm are available to consult with you.  Please contact our office at 800-481-1615 or email us.

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