Ford Recalls 850,000 Vehicles for Air-Bag Problem

(Los Angeles Times/MCT) -

Ford Motor Co. has issued a recall for 850,000 cars with air bags that might not deploy in the event of a crash.

The carmaker said that some of its 2013 and 2014 Ford C-Max, Fusion and Escape cars, plus some of its Lincoln MKZ luxury cars, have an electrical short circuit that could, in the event of a crash, disable the forward restraint systems and side-impact air bags.

If the short has occurred, the company said, a warning light will be visible. But depending on the location of the short, there could also be warning lights for other features, like stability control.

The company said it is not aware of any accidents or injuries related to the safety-recall issue, and that dealers will replace the affected parts at no cost to the vehicle owners.

745,000 of the affected vehicles are in the U.S. The remainder are in Canada and Mexico.

Ford’s announcement brings the total number of vehicles recalled this year to well over 46 million vehicles — a new record, and far above the previous high of 30.8 million vehicles recalled in 2004.