The latest Lincoln MKZ and a handful of other Ford products are involved in a new recall. The reason is due to sub-standard weld joints that may cause the front seats to become loose or start to lean, which for the driver could lead to a loss of vehicle control.
The joints in question are those that attach the seat back recliner mechanism to the seat frame. Because they feature sub-standard welds, they may have insufficient strength to meet the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) number 207, "Seating Systems."
The affected vehicles are listed below:
- 2013-2014 Lincoln MKZ sedans manufactured August 15, 2012, through September 10, 2013
- 2013-2014 Ford Fusion sedans manufactured August 15, 2012, through September 10, 2013
- 2013-2014 Ford Escape crossovers manufactured June 5, 2012, through August 12, 2013
- 2013-2014 Ford C-Max MPVs manufactured July 23, 2012, through May 28, 2013
According to Ford Motor Company [NYSE:F], there are 43,135 vehicles affected in the U.S. alone.
Ford is in the process of notifying owners of the recalled cars. The remedy requires dealers to replace the seatback, a service they will offer free of charge. For further information you can contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration at 1-888-327-4236 (reference recall campaign number 14V164000) or Ford at 1-800-392-3673.