Raise your hand if you're tired of hearing about massive recalls! Well, I'm tired of writing about them. Today's big recall comes to us from Ford, who say 850,000 cars and SUVs in North America for a problem that could lead to non-deployment of airbags in a crash.
These aren't the explosive Takata airbags, but rather different airbags with a possibly faulty restraint control module.
Here's what Ford says about the issue:
In the affected vehicles, the restraints control module may experience a short circuit. If a short circuit occurs, the airbag warning indicator will illuminate. Depending on the location of the short circuit, the deployable restraint systems (e.g., airbags, pretensioners, side curtains) may not function as intended in the event of a crash, increasing the risk of injury. The short circuit may also affect the function of other systems that use data from the restraints control module, including stability control. In these cases, the corresponding warning indicator lamps would also illuminate.
The cars affected are all recent ones and include certain 2013-2014 C-Max models, certain 2013-2014 Fusions, certain 2013-2014 Lincoln MKZs, and certain 2013-2014 Escapes. The Escape has been especially recall-prone throughout its short life.
As always, get your car checked out if you get a notice in the mail. And with the rate cars have been recalled lately, maybe consider taking the bus more.
Unless the bus has been recalled, maybe. Has the bus been recalled? Oh, crap. Just walk everywhere.