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Ford recall 12V553000

Headlamp Cover May Become Hazy

Affected Cars:

Make Model Year(s)
Ford Fusion 2013

Electrical & Lights, November 30, 2012

RepairPal Expert Overview

The headlamp covers were not manufactured properly and may become hazy over time, reducing their brightness.


Ford will contact owners of the affected vehicles and replace the complete headlamp assembly. If you notice the headlamps are becoming hazy or dull in their appearance, please contact your Ford dealer. It’s helpful to have your vehicle identification number (VIN) handy when you call.


When headlamps are manufactured, the plastic housings are created in a manner that prevents them from deteriorating and becoming dull and hazy. If this occurs, the headlamps will become less effective and driver visibility will be decreased. Ford will replace the headlamp assemblies on the affected Fusion vehicles.

Original Recall from the NHTSA

NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 12V553000

NHTSA Action Number: N/A

Component: EXTERIOR LIGHTING:HEADLIGHTS

Potential Number of Units Affected: 19106

Summary: Ford is recalling certain model year 2013 Fusion vehicles, manufactured from February 3, 2012, through October 20, 2012, for failing to conform to the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) number 108, "Lamps, Reflective Devices, and Associated Equipment." The affected vehicles may not have had the low beam headlamp projector coating properly cured during its manufacturing process.

Consequence: An improperly cured projector coating will become hazy through operation, over time, reducing the brightness of the low-beam lamp. This may decrease driver visibility and increase the risk of a vehicle crash.

Remedy: Ford will notify owners, and dealers will replace the headlamp assembly. The recall is expected to begin on December 10, 2012. Owners may contact Ford Motor Company Customer Relationship Center at 1-866-436-7332.

Notes: Ford's recall campaign number is 12C27. Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.

Recall data provided by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration