Following on from a similar recall in Canada, Ford is recalling 154,604 2011-2013 model year Fiestas, manufactured in Mexico from 3 November 2009 to 21 September 2012, in the US.
The passenger side curtain air bag will not deploy in the event of a side impact collision when the front passenger seat is empty. Although the side curtain air bag system was designed to suppress the side curtain air bag in such a case, that information is not explained in the owner’s guide for these vehicles as required by federal regulation FMVSS No.208.
An occupant in the right rear seating position will not have coverage from the side curtain air bag in a side impact collision when the front passenger seat is empty, increasing the risk of injury to the right rear occupant.
Dealers will reprogramme the restraint control module software.