Ford Motor Company has issued two recalls this morning that affect roughly 55,000 vehicles, most of which are registered in the U.S.
RECALL #1: 2016 Ford F-150
UNITS AFFECTED: 3,683, including 2,894 registered in America, 286 in Canada, and 503 in Mexico
This recall is related to the occupant classification system associated with the F-150's front passenger seat. In some vehicles -- specifically those equipped with multi-contour seats -- that system may mistakenly identify adult passengers as children and disable the passenger airbags. That would increase the risk of injury to passengers in the event of a crash.
The glitch only appears to happen when the multi-contour front passenger seat massage function is turned on. The recall is limited to 2016 Ford F-150 pickups built at Ford's Dearborn Truck Plant between April 27, 2015 and November 22, 2015.
Ford says that the recall will involve updating the software on the occupant classification system and that the repair will be carried out at no charge to owners.
RECALL #2: 2015-2016 Ford Transit Wagon
UNITS AFFECTED: 51,470, including 48,990 registered in America, 1,781 in Canada, and 699 in Mexico
According to Ford, the rear seat belt buckles in some Transit Wagons have been damaged when owners have placed heavy cargo on top of them. If the damage is severe enough, it can prevent the buckles from latching properly, boosting the chance of injury during a collision
The recall is limited to vehicles manufactured at Ford's Kansas City Assembly Plant between February 13, 2014 and January 13, 2016. Ford says that dealers will dealers will inspect and replace or repair the Transit Wagon's seat belt buckles as necessary.
Ford says that it knows of no accidents or injuries linked to either of these recalls. Owners with further questions are encouraged to call Ford Customer Service at 800-392-3673.