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Drivers in West Virginia may be affected by two recalls recently issued by Ford. The recalls were issued due to auto defects in more than 680,000 Lincoln MKZ and Ford Fusion sedans. Most of the vehicles might have issues that impact their seat belts, while a smaller number may have backseat issues.

For the first recall of late-model Fusions and MKZs, Ford said that the heat produced when the seat belt anchor pretensioners are deployed may cause the separation of the pretensioner cables. In this situation, the safety belts would not work properly, which would increase people’s risk of injury. So far, Ford has gotten reports about two crashes as well as two injuries tied to the issue.

For the second recall, Ford reported that the welds on pivot pins holding the car’s left-back seat in the proper position might not be in compliance with the carmaker’s specifications. Therefore, the seat might not restrain the cargo present in the event of a crash. So far, Ford has not gotten reports about injuries/accidents associated with this problem.

Automakers are expected to produce vehicles that are safe for the public to use. However, sometimes vehicles with auto defects end up in people’s garages and driveways in West Virginia and can pose serious injury risks. If a person is hurt due to using a defective car, he or she has the right to file a product liability claim, seeking the reimbursement of monetary damages. Liability has to be established in a manner that pleases the court hearing the case.

Source: wwmt.com, “Ford recalls Fusion, Lincoln MKZ for seatbelt, seat back problems“, Richard Read, Dec. 5, 2016