Ford Recalls Fusion, Lincoln MKXs to Fix Faulty Seatbelts

Ford builds its Fusion Titanium and Hybrid models at a stamping and assembly plant in Hermosillo, a northwestern city of about 800,000 and the capital of Mexico's state of Sonora. Other Fusion models (SE and SEL) are built in the U.S. Fun fact: in emergencies, the factory can use its wells to supply water to the city.

Ford of Canada has recalled more than 35,000 examples of its Fusion sedan and upscale Lincoln MKX crossover to fix front seatbelts that may not adequately restrain occupants.

In the 2013-2016 Ford Fusion and 2013-2015 Lincoln MKX, Transport Canada says heat generated by activation of the seatbelt pretensioner in a crash can generate heat that may degrade the strength of the cable that anchors the seatbelt to the car’s structure. In a subsequent crash, that cable may not be strong enough to withstand collision forces and could leave front seat occupants effectively unrestrained.

Ford dealers will apply a coating to the anchor cable to protect it from heat damage.

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Chris Chase

Chris Chase

As a child, Chris spent much of his time playing with toy cars in his parents’ basement; when his mother would tell him to go play outside, he made car sounds while riding his bicycle or dug roads for his toys in the flower garden. Now he gets to indulge his obsession playing with real cars that make their own cool noises, and gets paid for it.