By Jennifer Geiger on December 7, 2012
Ford is recalling 19,106 model-year 2013 versions of the Fusion sedan due to problems with the headlights, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
The affected vehicles, which were manufactured from Feb. 3 through Oct. 20, 2012, fail to conform to a federal motor vehicle standard regarding low-beam headlight projector coating. You can check your vehicle's build date on a sticker on the driver-side doorjamb.
The headlights in the affected vehicles could become hazy over time and not be as bright. This could lead to decreased visibility for the driver and an increased risk of a crash.
Ford will notify owners starting next week, and dealers will replace the affected parts for free. Owners can call Ford at 866-436-7332 or NHTSA's vehicle safety hotline at 888-327-4236 for more info.
This is the second recall in two weeks for the redesigned-for-2013 sedan, following last week's recall of the Fusion's 1.6-liter engine due to overheating.
Assistant Managing Editor Jennifer Geiger is a reviewer, car-seat technician and mom of three. She wears a lot of hats, many of them while driving a minivan. Email Jennifer