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What happens when seat belts aren't safe?

As a mom, you probably make sure your children buckle up when they get in the car. To set a good example and protect yourself from injuries in the event of an accident, you wear yours as well.

You likely understand that over the years, multiple studies have shown that seat belts help save lives. However, that may only hold true as long as automobile manufacturers make and install them correctly before they sell you a vehicle.

More than 100,000 Fords have seat belt defects

Ford Motor Company is a long-standing American automobile manufacturer who, according to Forbes, is one of the "Best Employers for Women." And although they've seen their share of challenges since their inception in the early 1900s, their sales top $160 million.

Unfortunately, that doesn't mean the company is exempt from errors. Ford recently issued a recall notice because of seat belt-related safety concerns in specific models.

Answers to three common questions about the 19S25 recall include:

  • Why was a recall issued? Part of the seat belt assembly may not withstand the heat created in restraining someone during an accident, thereby increasing the chance of injuries during a crash.

  • Which vehicles does the recall include? The affected vehicles include the Lincoln MKZ and Ford Fusion manufactured at individual assembly plants between specific dates in 2015.

  • What is the number of recalled vehicles? Ford recalled 108,399 vehicles across the United States, Canada and Mexico.

If the recall includes your vehicle, your car dealership can use a protective coating on the mechanism in question. However, if you or one of your loved ones sustained injuries due to this manufacturing error, there may be compensation available.

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