Ford Recalls Transit Connects For Seatbelt Woes; Mustangs For Camera Problems
The Ford Motor Co. has issued two recalls for its products. In the first, the automaker has recalled certain 2016-2017 Transit Connect vehicles, while in the second, it has called back a small number of 2020 Mustangs. The automaker has recalled the vehicles as part of its continuing safety program.
Transit Connects Recalled
In the first recall, the carmaker has recalled 1,616 Transit Connects for problems with the driver and front passenger seatbelt pretensioners. According to Ford, the pretensioners may not deploy properly in a crash. In a similar recall that I wrote about recently, the automaker has recalled certain Expeditions for a similar issue.
Ford says that even if the front seatbelts are performing correctly, if the pretensioners fail to deploy in a crash, the risk to front occupants increases.
Ford says it is not aware of any such nondeployments or any injuries that may have resulted from this condition. The problem affects a total of 1,747 vehicles in the U.S. And Canada.
To repair the problem, dealers will inspect the driver and front passenger seatbelt assemblies and replace any assemblies impacted by the problem. Ford built the Transit Connects at its Valencia Assembly Plant from July 17-31, 2016. The Ford identification for this recall is 20S25. Earlier Ford issued a recall involving panoramic roof problms on some Transit Connects.
Small Mustang Recall
In the second smaller recall, Ford has recalled 24 2020 Mustangs for problems with their forward-looking cameras.
During assembly, Ford equipped the Mustangs with improperly aligned image-processing modules. The part is an imaging-processing module A. It is also known as the forward-looking camera. As a result of the problem, the cameras may not function as intended.
An incorrectly functioning forward-looking camera alignment calibration may cause certain features to have degraded functionality during a vehicle's operation.
The features that may not function include Pre-Collision Assist, Adaptive Cruise Control, Lane-Keeping System, Driver Alert, and Auto High-Beam Control.
Forward-Looking Camera Issue
The issue with the forward-looking camera may impact the Mustang's effectiveness in detecting a frontal collision, increasing the risk of an accident.
Ford is not aware of any reports of any accidents or injuries caused by this condition. Ford built the affected Mustangs at its Flat Rock, Michigan, Assembly Plant on Feb. 10-11, 2020.
Ford dealers will reconfigure the forward-looking camera by aligning the Lane-Departure Warning system camera. Ford has given this recall the identification number 20S26.
Marc Stern has been an auto writer since 1971. It was a position that filled two boyhood dreams: One was that I would write, and two that I write about cars. When I took over as my newspaper's auto editor, I began a 32-year career as an automotive columnist. There isn't much on four wheels that I haven't driven or reviewed. My work has appeared in Popular Mechanics, Mechanix Illustrated, AutoWeek, SuperStock, Trailer Life, Old Cars Weekly, Special Interest Autos, and others. Today, I am the Ford F150 reporter for Torque News. I write how-to and help columns for online sites such as Fixya.com and others. You can follow me on Twitter or Facebook. Most of Marc's stories can be found at Torque News Ford coverage. Check back again and search for Torque News Ford F-150 news for more F-150 truck news coverage.