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Recall 13V081000

The Third Row Seat May Not Latch Correctly

Body, Interior & Misc., March 7, 2013
Affected Cars

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Our Quick Take:

Ford is recalling certain vehicles sold or currently registered in states where salt is used to de-ice the roads. Due to rust, the third row seat may not fully latch into is seating position.

What Should You Do?

Owners of affected vehicles will be notified beginning March 27, 2013. If you experience problems latching the third row seat, or you don't received recall notification and you feel you should have, please contact your Ford dealer. They may ask for your vehicle identification number (VIN), so please have it handy when you call. The Ford recall number is 13S01.

Summary:

The third row seat can experience rust at the seat anchor mechanism mounted to each rear wheel well. As a result, the seat may not fully latch into its seating position. If the vehicle is hit from the rear, an unlatched seat may increase the risk of injury. Dealers will install new third row seat latch striker mounting brackets to correct this concern.

Original Recall from the NHTSA

Manufacturer's Report Date: March 7, 2013

NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 13V081000

NHTSA Action Number: EA12003

Component: SEATS

Potential Number of Units Affected: 196,667

Summary: Ford is recalling certain model year 2004-2007 Freestar and Mercury Monterey vehicles manufactured from March 24, 2003, through November 7, 2006, equipped with a third row seat and originally sold in, or currently registered in, Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, West Virginia, Wisconsin and the District of Columbia. The third row stowable seat can experience corrosion and structural degradation at the seat anchor mechanism mounted to the rear wheel wells. As a result of the corrosion, the third row seat may not fully latch into its seating position.

Consequence: In the event that the vehicle is crashed into from the rear, an unlatched seat may increase the risk of personal injury.

Remedy: Ford will notify owners, and dealers will install new third row seat latch striker mounting brackets, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin on March 27, 2013. Owners may contact Ford Motor Company Customer Relationship Center at 1-866-436-7332.

Notes: Ford's recall campaign number is 13S01. 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.

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