WASHINGTON (dpa) – US automaker Ford on Friday recalled 850,000 cars and sport utility vehicles because of a possible defect with the airbags in the cars.
Ford said the defect could cause the airbags to fail to open in a crash.
The models being recalled are 2013 and 2014 C-MAX, Fusion, Escape and Lincoln MKZ vehicles sold in North America, Ford said in a press release.
The problem is with a part called the restraints control module, which could short circuit, causing the airbag warning indicator to light up.
“Depending on the location of the short circuit, the deployable restraint systems … may not function as intended in the event of a crash, increasing the risk of injury,” Ford said.
The short circuit may also affect the function of other systems that use data from the restraints control module, including stability control.
Ford said it was not aware of any accidents or injuries related to the problem. Dealers will replace the restraints control module at no cost to the customer, the company said.
The recall comes one day after Chrysler recalled an estimated 350,000 vehicles to correct a problem with the ignition keys in certain 2008 vehicles.
Chrysler said the problem meant it was possible that the key could be moved to the accessory or off position, which may result in reduced braking power and a loss of engine power, power steering and one or more of the vehicle’s safety features, including front air bags.
The US automaker said, however, that the problem was more likely to result in the key not fully returning to the on position after rotating to the start position when starting the car.
“If this occurs, windshield defroster and wiper function may be lost,” Chrysler said in a press release, adding that air bag function would not be affected.
The problem with the Chrysler vehicles is similar to problems in General Motors (GM) automobiles linked to numerous fatal accidents.
GM also issued several large-scale recalls earlier this year to correct the defect, and investigations continue.