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Ford Motor Company has recalled 33,256 automobiles, including one of its best-sellers, the Fusion. Ford says that front seats and headrests might collapse backwards in a crash. This is a "voluntary" recall, according to the Nathional Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA) web site. See NHTSA’s website at: www.nhtsa.gov/ Other Ford models affected are the Explorer, Explorer Sport Trac, Mercury Milan, and Mercury Mountaineer.

This is a potential safety problem for these vehicles. NHTSA has said these autmobiles do not comply with federal requirements for head restraints.

Dealers will replace the manual seat recliners free of charge. Owners can call Ford at (866) 436-7332.

2 Comments

  1. Gravatar for Nick

    And this is the perfect example of the difference between Ford & Toyota:

    Ford discovers, recalls, and corrects a problem BEFORE any customer gets hurt, killed, or even in an accident because of it. Toyota on the other hand, denies it for 2-3 YEARS, saying multiple customers, testers, and even Governments are all wrong, and only after it has reached epically disastrous proportions of 50+ deaths and thousands of accidents, do they do something about it....while still half denying it in the process.

  2. Gravatar for Greg Webb

    Nick,

    First, thank you for reading and commenting on this short blog. Unfortunately, however, I have to disagree with you a bit regarding the difference between Ford and Toyota. Ford has had its share of problems with sudden acceleration in its vehicles (as have some other manufacturers); there has been a lot of litigation with Ford over sudden acceleration problems with its vehicles, and, I could be wrong, but I do not think Ford has recalled any cars or trucks over this. If I am incorrect on that latter fact, I am sure someone will let me know.

    Second, Ford had a slew of SUV rollover lawsuits, claims, and allegations against it in the 1980's, 1990's, and 2000's with its Bronco II and Explorer SUV's. Remember the Explorer-Firestone tire issues in the late 1990's and 2000 time-frame? As far as I know, Ford never issued a recall on those vehicles for the stability problem (although I think it did replace Firestone tires for a period of time, but publicly denied its SUV was the problem). Ford vigorously argues and defends those SUV's as not being defective for stability issues (being too top-heavy).

    Additionally, Ford has had problems with vehicle fires; it recalled millions of vehicles over the last several years for those issues, in stages.

    Greg Webb

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