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The passenger side curtain air bag will not deploy in the event of a side impact collision when the front passenger seat is empty. Although this is how it was designed, Ford will be reprogramming the air bag system computer to allow the side curtain to deploy whether the passenger front seat is occupied or not.
As of this writing, Ford has not yet released a notification schedule for this recall. There are no symptoms related to this recall. If you don't receive notification and you feel you should have, please contact your dealer. It’s helpful to have your vehicle identification number (VIN) handy when you call.
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.