Vehicles Affected: Approximately 9,400 model-year 2020 Ford Escape SUVs in North America built at the Louisville Assembly Plant from April 3 to Sept. 21, 2019
The Problem: The third pawl required for seatback strength may be missing, reducing the strength of the seat and not adequately restraining an occupant in a crash, increasing the risk of an injury.
The recall comes as part of an expansion to an August recall that included other Ford and Lincoln vehicles. Ford said the majority of affected vehicles are in dealer inventory and the issue will be remedied prior to those vehicles reaching consumers.
The Fix: Dealers will inspect the seat structure. Ford said most vehicles are expected to pass the inspection and not require repair, but if a repair is required, the dealer will replace the seat structure for free.
What Owners Should Do: Ford did not immediately announce an owner-notification schedule. Owners can call the automaker at 800-392-3673, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s vehicle-safety hotline at 888-327-4236 or visit its website to check their vehicle identification number and learn more.
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