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Recall 12V553000

Headlamp Cover May Become Hazy

Recall Details

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.

Our Quick Take

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

What Should You Do?

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.

Affected Cars

Electrical & Lights, November 30, 2012

Original Recall from the NHTSA

Manufacturer's Report Date
November 30, 2012
NHTSA Action Number
N/A
Potential Number of Units Affected
19,106
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number
12V553000
Component
EXTERIOR LIGHTING:HEADLIGHTS

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.
Notify
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.
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