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Ford recalls 528 Explorer, Lincoln Aviator vehicles over faulty side airbag

*Side airbag may not deploy properly, increasing risk of injury in a crash

Web Editor | ConsumerConnect

Ford Motor Company is recalling 528 model year 2020 Ford Explorer and Lincoln Aviator vehicles.

The front seatbacks that may have fasteners with incorrect torque on the side airbag and/or seatback module attachments, according to ConsumerAffairs.

Report says if the side airbag and seatback module are not fully secured, they could affect the trajectory of the side airbag deployment and may prevent, or delay the airbag cushion from positioning correctly, increasing the risk of injury in a crash.

Ford is yet not aware of any reports of accidents or injuries, report stated.

As regards what to do in rectifying the error, it was learnt that Ford would notify affected vehicle owners, and dealers will remove the front seatback panels from one or both front seats and verify the proper torque on the fasteners.

Meanwhile, owners may contact Ford Customer Service on (866) 436-7332, while the  reference number for this recall is 20S48.

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