Ford has issued an auto product defect recall for about 33,000 midsize vehicles and SUVs in the United States to fix front-seat recliners. According to a news report in the Detroit Free Press, this vehicle defect recall affects some versions of the 2010 Ford Fusion, Explorer, Explorer Sport Trac and Mercury Milan and Mountaineer with front seat manual recliner mechanisms.
Defective Seatbacks Can Cause Catastrophic Injuries
According to the alert issued by the auto maker, the recliner’s gears could have problems that would lead to the seatback and head restraint moving backward in a car accident. This could significantly increase the risk of serious personal injuries to the vehicles’ occupants. According to federal government officials, these vehicles don’t even comply with the federal requirements for head restraints. When this recall begins, dealers will replace the manual seat recliners free of charge.