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Recall 14V649000

Passenger Frontal Air Bag May Deploy In An Accident With A Child In The Seat

Recall Details

The tension sensor in the passenger front seat belt buckle may not properly identify an occupant as a child, resulting in the passenger front air bag being powered for deployment in an accident. This could cause injury to a child occupant in the seat. Dealers will replace the passenger front seat belt buckle free of charge to resolve the concern.

Our Quick Take

The occupant classification system that determines whether a passenger sitting in the front passenger seat of the vehicle is an adult or a child may malfunction due to a problem with the sensor inside the passenger front seat belt buckle. This could allow the air bag to deploy when a small child is located in the passenger front seat, resulting in increased risk of injury.

What Should You Do?

Recall repairs on your Ford must be performed by a Ford dealership. Ford will notify known owners of affected vehicles beginning in October, 2014. If you do not receive a notification, but wish to check to see if your vehicle is included, please contact one of your local Ford dealerships. They will also check for any other uncompleted recalls on your vehicle. For best results, be prepared to provide your Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) to the service department consultant you speak with. The Ford recall number is 14C08.

Affected Cars

Body, Interior & Misc., October 17, 2014

Original Recall from the NHTSA

Manufacturer's Report Date
October 17, 2014
NHTSA Action Number
N/A
Potential Number of Units Affected
50
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number
14V649000
Component
SEAT BELTS
Summary
Ford Motor Company (Ford) is recalling certain model year 2015 Ford Mustang vehicles manufactured August 18, 2014, to October 2, 2014. In the affected vehicles, the passenger safety belt tension sensor may misclassify the size of the front passenger seat occupant. This could cause a child size occupant to be classified as an adult and an adult passenger to be classified as a child passenger. As such, these vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard No. 208, "Occupant Crash Protection."
Consequence
If the tension sensor misclassifies the front passenger, improper passenger air bag deployment may occur, increasing the risk of occupant injury in the event of a vehicle crash.
Remedy
Ford has notified owners, and dealers will replace the passenger safety belt buckle, free of charge. The recall is expected to began on October 24, 2014. Owners may contact Ford customer service at 1-866-436-7332. Ford's number for this recall is 14C08.
Notify
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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