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2021-2022 Ford Transit, 2021 Transit Connect Recalled Over Seat Belt Safety Issue

Ford Motor Company is recalling select 2021-2022 Ford Transit and 2021 Ford Transit Connect models due to an issue with the locking retractor on the passenger seat belt built by supplier Autoliv.

The defect: in affected vehicles, the front passenger seat belt automatic locking retractor (ALR) may deactivate early, which can prevent the child restraint system from securing properly.

The hazards: an unrestrained child restraint system can increase the risk of injury during a crash, and affected vehicles fail to comply with Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards.

Ford is not aware of any accidents or injuries related to this issue.

Components: front passenger seat belt automatic locking retractor.

Affected vehicles: select 2021-2022 Ford Transit vans built between January 12th, 2021, and July 12th, 2021, and 2021 Ford Transit Connect vans built between November 27th, 2020, and March 15th, 2021.

Number of vehicles affected: 42,493 vehicles

The fix: dealers will inspect the front passenger seat belt assembly and replace it as necessary, free of charge.

Owners should: wait for communications from Ford, which will begin September 13th, 2021. The Ford reference number for this recall is 21C18.


  • Ford Customer Service: 1-866-436-7332
  • FoMoCo Recall Number: 21S31
  • NHTSA Toll-Free: 1-888-327-4236
  • NHTSA (TTY): 1-800-424-9153
  • NHTSA Website:

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