Recall Roundup: Ford, Mercedes-Benz,Tesla

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The Basics: Ford is recalling more than 680,000 midsize sedans mainly in North America because the front seat belts may not hold people in a crash. So far, Ford reports two injuries related to the issue. The recall covers certain 2013 to 2016 Ford Fusion, 2013 to 2015 Lincoln MKZ and 2015 and 2016 Ford Mondeo cars.

The Issue:  The cables in the front seat belts may break due to heat generated when the pre-tensioners deploy.  Pre-tensioners tighten seat belts when they sense that cars are stopping.

The Fix: Dealers will inject insulation into the pre-tensioners to protect the cables from heat at no cost to owners. The recall is expected to begin on Jan. 16..


The Basics: A seat belt problem is also prompting a recall from Mercedes-Benz. It involves the 2016-2017 S-Class Coupe and Convertible,  including S550, S63 AMG, S65 AMG and 4Matic variants.

The Issue: In this case, the seat belt extenders may not retract as intended and could potentially break if the vehicle is involved in an accident.

“In the event of a crash, if the seat belt extender does not retract and/or the extender breaks, the seat occupant may not be properly restrained, increasing their risk of injury,” the recall notification warns.

The Fix: An internal investigation linked the problem to a software issue.  Service technicians will recode a control unit to restore proper behavior.


The Basics:  Tesla is recalling about 7,000 electric vehicle charging adaptors because they can overheat and melt plastic on the plug. If you have one, don’t use it until the company sends you a new one.  (Note: the item is no longer sold through the company’s online store.)

The Issue:  Two customers reported the issue in November. The overheating equipment involved the NEMA 14-30 adapters. They are sometimes used to charge Tesla vehicles via clothes-dryer appliance outlets.  Replacements will be shipped beginning in the next few weeks, and customers should avoid using them in the meantime.

The Fix: Telsa will replace the adaptor. It will also be replacing the NEMA 10-30 and 6-50 adapters, which have a similar design. Those replacements will take about three months, but so far there are no reports of overheating in those versions.

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