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Ford Recalls 154,000 New Fiestas

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On: Thu, Oct 25, 2012 at 2:55PM | By: Lou Ruggieri


Ford Recalls 154,000 New Fiestas

It seems like it's almost every week that there is another recall from Ford. In fact, give or take, it has been. This week, another 154,604 brand new 2012-2013 Fiesta models has been called back to the dealership. It seems that cars built from November 3, 2009 - September 21, 2012 have passenger side air bags that will not deploy during a side impact collision if the passenger seat is empty. Though the Fiesta's manual does explain this issue, it has been found out that right rear passenger would not be protected in the event of a side impact collision if the passenger seat was empty.  

Ford has said it will contact owners in the next two weeks to reprogram the Fiesta's computer to allow the side airbag to deploy. Owners can contact Ford at 1-866-436-7332 with questions or to set up an appointment for a fix.

Vehicle Make / Model:Model Year(s):
Ford / Fiesta2011-2013
Manufacturer:Ford Motor Company
Mfr's Report Date:Oct 05, 2012
NHTSA Campaign ID Number:12V488000
NHTSA Action Number:N/A
Component:Air Bags
Potential Number of Units Affected:154,604

Summary:

Ford is recalling certain model year 2011-2013 Fiesta vehicles, manufactured from November 3, 2009 through September 21, 2012. The vehicles fail to comply with Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) No. 208, "Occupant Crash Protection." The passenger side curtain air bag will not deploy in the event of a side impact collision when the front passenger seat is empty. Although the side curtain air bag system was designed to suppress the side curtain air bag under this scenario, that information is not explained in the owner's guide for these vehicles as required by FMVSS No.208.

Consequence:

An occupant in the right rear seating position will not have coverage from the side curtain air bag in a side impact collision when the front passenger seat is empty, increasing the risk of injury to the right rear occupant.

Remedy:

Ford will notify owners and dealers will reprogram the vehicle's software free of charge so that it no longer suppresses the passenger side curtain air bag when the front passenger seat is empty, and consistent with the description in the owner's guide. The safety recall is expected to begin shortly. Owner's may contact Ford at 1-866-436-7332.

Notes:

Ford's recall campaign number is 12C26. Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.


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