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Consumer Alert: Ford recalls 850,000 vehicles

Automakers says air bags may not work in crash

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In a year that has seen numerous auto recalls, Ford is recalling about 850,000 cars and SUVs because of a problem that could stop the air bags from working in a crash. Ford says it is unaware of any accidents or injuries related to the problem.

The recalled models include the 2013-14 Ford C-Max compact, Fusion midsize, Escape SUV and the Lincoln MKZ luxury car, all sold in North America.

Ford says the restraints control module in the car could short circuit, causing the air-bag warning indicator to light up. If the short circuit occurs, restraint devices including the air bags, pre-tensioners, and side curtains might not work in a crash. The short circuit could also affect the car's stability control and other systems.

Dealerships will replace the restraints control module at no cost.

Automakers have recalled more than 40 million cars and trucks in the U.S. so far this year, which is a record. Most of those vehicles have been recalled by General Motors Co., which announced early this year that a faulty ignition switch could cut power to the engine, knocking out the power steering or brakes and disabling the air bags if the car crashes.