Ford Fiesta Recall, Air bag failure risk

Vehicle Make / Model:     Model Year(s):
     FORD FIESTA     2011-2013
Manufacturer: Ford Motor Company Report Receipt Date: OCT 05, 2012
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 12V488000 NHTSA Action Number: N/A
Component: AIR BAGS

Potential Number of Units Affected: 154,604
2012 Ford Fiesta Recalled for Air Bag Danger

 Ford is recalling certain model year 2011-2013 Fiesta vehicles, manufactured from November 3, 2009 through September 21, 2012. The vehicles fail to comply with Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) No. 208, "Occupant Crash Protection." The passenger side curtain air bag will not deploy in the event of a side impact collision when the front passenger seat is empty. Although the side curtain air bag system was designed to suppress the side curtain air bag under this scenario, that information is not explained in the owner's guide for these vehicles as required by FMVSS No.208.   

 An occupant in the right rear seating position will not have coverage from the side curtain air bag in a side impact collision when the front passenger seat is empty, increasing the risk of injury to the right rear occupant.

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