The Ford Transit and Transit Connect vans, the Blue Oval’s less glamorous family haulers, are being recalled for an issue with the locking retractor on a passenger seat belt. This is the second major recall of the year for the 2021 Transit Connect following a May action over a transmission-related component.
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Affected in the latest recall are some 42,500 model-year 2021 Transit Connect and 2021-22 Transit vans. The front-passenger seat belt automatic locking retractor may deactivate early, which can prevent the child restraint system from securing properly and increase the risk of injury during a crash.
To fix the problem, dealers will inspect the front passenger seat belt assembly and replace it, as necessary, for free. Ford will begin notifying owners Sept. 13. If you have further questions, you can call the automaker at 866-436-7332, 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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