Parenting

Ford Announces Fusion Recall That Could Affect Your Child's Car Seat

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In the latest of a seemingly never-ending series of auto recalls, Ford has announced that it is recalling over 680,000 vehicles. The scary part is the reason for the recall: in the event of an accident, the seat belts might not hold, resulting in a passenger not staying in place in the seat.

From Patch.com:

Ford said 650,000 2013 to 2016 Ford Fusion models and 2013 to 2015 Lincoln MKZ vehicles are being recalled for faulty seat belt anchor pre-tensioners, which play a pivotal role in keeping us safe during a crash. Pre-tensioners sense when a vehicle is stopping, like right before impact, and automatically tighten the seat belt.

As a parent, Ford’s second recall is slightly more unnerving. The vehicles impacted are a handful of Ford Fusion models from 2017.

The issue here is that the second-row left-rear seat back frame may have been built with improperly welded pivot pins. That poses a problem because they may not adequately hold cargo in a crash, increasing the risk of injury. Dealers will replace the rear seat back frame at zero cost to the customer.

In the event of an accident involving a recalled vehicle, a car seat could potentially come loose. Parents rely strongly on properly installing their children’s car seats by attaching them to the anchors in the backseat. This scary defect could be life-threatening for a small child.

Most of Ford’s recalled automobiles were in the United States. If you think you might have a faulty vehicle, be sure to contact your Ford dealer immediately.