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Ford Expedition and Lincoln Navigators recalled for weak head restraints

Consumer Reports News: February 10, 2012 12:38 PM

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Ford Motor Company is recalling a small number of 2012 Ford Expedition and Lincoln Navigator SUVs. Both large sport utility vehicles have rear seat head restraints that fail to meet federal safety standards for protecting passengers during a collision.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, about 569 Ford Expeditions and Lincoln Navigators were manufactured last November and December with inadequate welds on the head restraint support brackets of the second row, right-hand seat. In the event of a crash, the sub-standard restraints increase the risk of injury to rear seat riders.

Ford is expected to notify owners of affected Expedition and Navigator SUVs on Feb. 20. They will be instructed to bring their SUVs to dealerships where the head restraints will be replaced free of charge.

For more information, consumers can call Ford's toll-free customer relationship center (866-436-7332) and refer to Ford Recall Campaign Number 12C22 or visit the NHTSA website:

Recall: 2012 Ford Expedition/Lincoln Navigator - Seats Campaign ID#: 12V034000 [NHTSA]

Paul Eng

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