US: Ford recalls its Transit van over seat belt buckle issues image

Ford announced two safety recalls in North America, affecting mostly some of its new Ford Transit wagons and, to a minor extent, certain F-150 trucks.

The first safety campaign issued on Wednesday by Ford is targeting approximately 51,500 2015-2016 Ford Transit wagons in North America for a potential issue with rear seat belt buckles. The automaker has found that the latter could be damaged when heavy objects are placed on top of them, which could cause the buckle not to fully latch, increasing the risk of injury in a crash. Ford said it was not aware of any accidents or injuries related to this issue. Affected vehicles include certain 2015-2016 Ford Transit wagons built at Kansas City Assembly Plant from February 13, 2014 through January 13, 2016. There are a total of 51,470 vehicles that might be having the problem in North America, including 48,990 in the United States, 1,781 in Canada and 699 in Mexico. Dealers will either inspect and repair the seat belt buckles, or replace them entirely if necessary.

The second recall announced by Ford involves around 3,700 2016 Ford F-150 trucks equipped with multi-contour seats. If the multi-contour front passenger seat massage function is turned on and an adult is in that seat, the occupant classification system may incorrectly detect the adult as a child, thus suppressing the front passenger airbag and increasing the risk of injury in a crash. No accidents or injuries associated with this issue have been reported so far. Affected vehicles include certain 2016 Ford F-150 trucks built at Dearborn Truck Plant from April 27, 2015 through November 22, 2015. There are a total of 3,683 models that might be affected in North America, including 2,894 in the United States, 286 in Canada and 503 in Mexico. Dealers will update the occupant classification system module software.