An airbag problem has led to a recall involving about 700,000 2013 and 2014 Escape and C-Max models announced yesterday by Ford.
A software programming error is to blame for the recall, the tenth in total for the Escape since the launch of the new generation. Among the 700,000 models recalled worldwide, 78,013 Ford Escape and C-Max models are located in Canada.
The programming error could delay the deployment of the side-curtain airbags in the event of a rollover collision and thus increase the risk of injury. Owners will need to visit a Ford dealer in order to have the module reprogrammed.
In addition to the previous recall, Ford also announced a second recall touching only the Ford Escape. The door handles of some models 2013 and 2014 models will need to be inspected as they may have been improperly installed. In such a case, the door may be difficult to open and close, and could even open while the car is in motion.
The handles will be inspected at the dealership and replaced if necessary at the expense of the manufacturer.