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Ford Issues Two Safety Recalls in North America

Ford recently issued a safety recall for approximately 650,000 of their 2013-2016 Ford Fusions as well as their 2013-2015 Lincoln MKZ vehicles due to faulty driver and passenger seat belt pretensioners. A seat belt pretensioner works by tightening up any slack in a seat belt in the event of a crash and pulling the bodies of the driver and front-seat passenger firmly into their seats. When functioning properly, the pretensioner positions the occupant’s body so as to receive the maximum protection from the front airbags and prevent what is called “submarining,” or when the momentum of an accident causes an occupant’s body to slip under their seat belt, sending the body forward below the dash.

Ford is currently aware of at least two accidents and injuries related to this recall. In an effort to resolve this issue, Ford has notified owners by mail to take their vehicle to a Ford or Lincoln dealer to have the pretensioners repaired.

If you or someone you know has been injured as a result of a recalled vehicle, contact an attorney at Padilla & Rodriguez by calling (713) 574-4600.

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