Ford Fiesta to be recalled due to side airbag glitch
Taking into consideration safety of passengers arising due to inoperability of side air bags of 262,000 Fiesta sedans, Ford Motors has announced a recall. The Ford Fiesta units which will be included in this recall are those which were built during November 3rd, 2009 to September 21st, 2012.
This recall of the Ford Fiesta will be affecting owners of over 262,000 cars which have been sold to people in the United States and South America. Of these 262,000 units there are about 154,604 units that have been sold to individuals in the United States. The recall is due to reasons arising when specialists from the company found that the air bag wouldn’t deploy, sometimes in the event of a crash.
This was seen when the front passenger seat was empty and could result in injury to the person sitting on the right rear seat. In order to ensure that the airbag is deployed even if the passenger seat is unoccupied, engineers will be resetting the software. These repairs will be carried out by the company free of cost.
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Manufacturer: Ford Motor Company
Report Receipt 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.