About 850,000 Ford and Lincoln vehicles in the US, Canada and Mexico are being recalled for potential airbag problems.
Ford is recalling certain model year 2013-2014 Ford C-MAX, Fusion, Escape and Lincoln MKZ vehicles because an issue with the restraint control module could keep the airbag from functioning properly during a crash.
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.
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.
According to a release from the company, Ford is not aware of any accidents or injuries related to this condition.
As of Sept. 24, 2014, the recall affected about 745,000 vehicles in the United States and federalized territories, about 82,000 in Canada and about 20,000 in Mexico.
Dealers will replace the restraints control module at no cost to the customer.