Over 77,500 Ford Expeditions, Lincoln Navigators Recalled for Seat Belts

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Ford is recalling  more than 77,500 of its Expedition SUVs, as well as the equivalent Navigator SUV from its Lincoln luxury sub-brand , for defective seat belt pretensioners in the front seats.

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Affected vehicles include model-year 2018-20 Expeditions and Navigators. A seat belt pretensioner tightens slack in the seat belt in the case of a crash, reducing how much an occupant is thrown forward. In the affected vehicles, the pretensioners may inadvertently deploy and lock the seat belt, preventing it from retracting or extending; this can result in injury during the event of a crash. As a warning of the defect, the automaker says the airbag malfunction light will illuminate on the instrument cluster before the inadvertent deployment.

Dealers will inspect the seat belt retractors and replace them, as necessary. Additionally, dealers will inspect for a climate-control drain-tube elbow and install it if one is not present. Both repairs will be done for free. Owners will be notified March 4; a second notice likely will be sent in the second half of 2024, when remedy parts are expected to be available. Until then, vehicle owners can contact the automaker with further questions at 866-436-7332 (Ford’s number for this recall is 24S06), the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s vehicle-safety hotline at 888-327-4236, or visit its website to check your vehicle identification number and learn more.

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