An occupant in the right rear seat will not have coverage from the side curtain air bag in a side impact collision when the front passenger seat is empty, increasing the risk of injury to the right rear occupant. Although the air bag system was designed to suppress the side curtain air bag under this scenario, Ford dealers will reprogram the vehicle's software to deploy the air bag whether the passenger front seat is occupied or not. The Ford recall number is 12C26.
2011 Ford Fiesta Recalls
The Passenger Side Curtain Air Bag May Not Deploy as Expected
Body, Interior & Misc.,October 5, 2012
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