The recall affects vehicles manufactured between Dec. 15, 2009, and Feb. 3, 2010, and equipped with front seat manual recliners. The recliner gear plate teeth for the head restraint may have improper dimensions and could result in “limited pawl to gear plate tooth engagement.” This means during a crash the seatback and head restraint may slip backward, which could increase the risk of injury.
Dealers will replace the manual recliners for power or manual seats. The fix will be free of charge.
Owners may contact Ford at 866-436-7332 or NHTSA’s hot line at 888-327-4236.