RECALL: Air Bags in Ford Escape Vehicles May Not Inflate Properly During a Crash
The driver's knee air bag modules installed in these vehicles were produced without the inflator gas generant material
Ford Motor Company is recalling certain model year 2016 Ford Escape vehicles due to a potential air bag malfunction.
What's the problem?
The driver's knee air bag modules installed in these vehicles were produced without the inflator gas generant material. As a result, the air bags may not inflate properly in the event of a crash.
As such, these vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) number 208, "Occupant Crash Protection."
In the event of a crash, if the driver's knee air bag does not inflate as intended, the driver has an increased risk of injury.
What Happens Next?
Ford will notify owners of the recalled Escape vehicles beginning in mid-August 2017. Local Ford dealers will then replace the driver's knee air bag. This repair will be completed free of charge to vehicle owners.
For additional information about this recall, contact Ford customer service at (866) 436-7332. Ford's reference number for this recall is 17C11.