In 1955, Ford Motor Company became one of the first car manufacturers to offer consumers a seat belt option in new vehicles. Ford proved to be ahead of the curve, as seat belts would be required by federal law nearly 15 years later.
Unfortunately, the company that was among the first to offer seat belts announced earlier this month it will be recalling approximately 650,000 vehicles because these safety mechanisms may fail to restrain passengers during an automobile accident. This occurs because heat generated upon deployment of seat belt pre-tensioners can cause cables to break and the seat belt to malfunction.
This can pose a serious safety risk to passengers. In fact, Ford has admitted to at least two injuries related to the problem.
Automobiles affected by this defect include 2015-2016 model year Ford Mondeos, 2013-2015 Lincoln MKZ vehicles, and 2013-2015 Ford Fusions. Ford is expected to notify owners and correct the defect at no charge.