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Recall 19V238000

Modified Vehicles With Freedman Seat Back Cushions Are Not Secure Under Load

Recall Details

Vehicles modified by Vantage Mobility International, LLC equipped with Freedman GO-ES Foldaway Seat back cushions risk a concern of having the seat backs not being stable during a sudden stop or in an accident. A repair procedure is still under development at the time of this writing, and all repairs will be performed free of charge by your local dealership.

Our Quick Take

For vehicles modified by Vantage Mobility International, LLC equipped with Freedman GO-ES Foldaway Seat back cushions, the seat cushion may not remain locked into place when under load such as when in an accident or during a sudden stop. A seat back that suddenly moves unexpectedly increases risk of occupant injury.

What Should You Do?

Recall repairs on your Ford or Sprinter truck must be performed by a Ford or Sprinter dealership, respectively. Vantage Mobility International, LLC will notify owners of affected vehicles (the timetable for this notification is not available as of the time of this writing). 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 or Sprinter dealerships, or contact Vantage Mobility International. They will also check for any other incomplete recalls on your vehicle. For best results, be prepared to provide your Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) to the service department consultant you speak with.

Body, Interior & Misc., March 26, 2019

Original Recall from the NHTSA

Manufacturer's Report Date
March 26, 2019
NHTSA Action Number
N/A
Potential Number of Units Affected
12
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number
19V238000
Component
SEATS
Summary
Vantage Mobility International, LLC (Vantage) is recalling certain 2015-2018 Ford Transit Van, Mercedes-Benz Sprinter, and 2007 Ford F-250-based shuttle vehicles equipped with Freedman GO-3S foldaway seats. When the back seat cushion is rotated from the stowed position to the upright position, the seat cushion may not remain locked into place when under load, such as in a crash or a sudden stop.
Consequence
In the event of a crash, if the seat back moves, the seat occupant has an increased risk of injury.
Remedy
Vantage has notified owners, instructing them to contact Freedman for a repair kit, free of charge. The recall began March 25, 2019. Owners may contact Freedman customer service at 1-800-443-4540.
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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