Ford Recalls EcoSport Over Seat Welds & Expands Takata Airbag Recall

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Inadequate seat welds will sideline 87 cars in North America while nearly a million others will recieve new airbag modules.

Ford announced today that it is issuing a recall on the EcoSport and expanding the long-running recall on defective Takata airbag inflators. The recalls cover 2019 EcoSports and various 2010-2014 model Ford vehicles.

According to Ford, some EcoSport models feature an insufficient weld on the front seat backs between two components, the side member and the A-bracket.

The result of the weak weld is a potential failure of the seat in a collision, causing injuries. Ford is currently unaware of any injuries or deaths related to this issue, and it currently only affects 87 EcoSports in the U.S. and Canada.

Owners of affected vehicles will receive new seats with improved welds. Ford’s reference number for this recall is 18C08.

As part of a planned expansion of the Takata airbag inflator recall, nearly an additional one million vehicles in North America have been marked for repairs. These vehicles include:

  • 2010 Ford Edge and 2010 Lincoln MKX vehicles built at Oakville Assembly Plant, Nov. 28, 2008 to July 12, 2010
  • 2010-11 Ford Ranger vehicles built at Twin Cities, Aug. 14, 2008 to June 21, 2014
  • 2010-12 Ford Fusion, 2010-12 Lincoln MKZ and 2010-11 Mercury Milan vehicles built at Hermosillo Assembly Plant, July 3, 2008 to July 29, 2012
  • 2010-14 Ford Mustang vehicles built at Flat Rock Assembly Plant, June 8, 2009 to Dec. 16, 2011

This recall pertains specifically to the passenger side front airbag. At this time, Ford is unaware of any injuries associated with this recall. The reference number for this recall is 19S01; customers can expect a replacement of their passenger side front airbag module at no cost.

If your vehicle is impacted by either of these recalls, you an expect to hear from Ford Motor Company soon. However, it’s a good idea to contact your dealership with your VIN handy, just to be sure—this is especially true if you’re not the original owner of your vehicle.

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Cam Vanderhorst is a contributor to Harley-Davidson Forums, Ford Truck Enthusiasts, Corvette Forum, and MB World. He is also a co-host of the Cammed & Tubbed podcast.

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