The defect: in affected vehicles, the side air bag attachment weld studs could detach during the deployment of the side air bag, resulting in an improper deployment. As such, these vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard 214, “Side Impact Protection.”
The hazards: in affected vehicles, the side airbag attachment stud may detach during a deployment preventing the side airbag from fully inflating or positioning correctly. If the side airbag does not fully inflate or position correctly, it may increase the risk of injury in a crash that initiates a side airbag deployment.
Ford is not aware of any accidents or injuries related to this issue.
Components: side airbag attachment stud.
Affected vehicles: select 2021 Ford Explorer models produced at the Ford Chicago Assembly Plant between October 9th, 2020 – June 7th, 2021, and 2021 Lincoln Aviator models produced at the Chicago Assembly Plant from February 25th, 2021 – March 12th, 2021.
Number of vehicles affected: 592 vehicles.
The fix: dealers will replace the defective side air bag assembly.
Owners should: wait for communications from Ford, which will begin on September 7th, 2021. The Ford reference number for this recall is 21C19.
- 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: www.safecar.gov
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