Ford is recalling 746,842 vehicles from their 2013 and 2014 model years due to an air bag defect. In all of the affected vehicles, the circuit board in the Restraints Control Module (RCM) may develop a short-circuit over time. This is because when the conformal coating was applied to portions of the RCM at the plant, the coating will crack or form cavities as the material dries and is exposed to thermal cycling. If the cracks are exposed to humidity, lead salts may develop between terminals on the printed circuit board resulting in electrical short circuits, potentially affecting RCM performance. If a short-circuit occurs, the airbag warning indicator will illuminate and cause the airbag not to deploy. Other restraint systems may be affected because of the short-circuit.
The following Ford vehicles are affected by this recall:
Parts are currently not available for this defect. Ford will notify owners, and dealers will replace the RCM, free of charge. Owners will be sent an interim notification in mid-November 2014. A second notification will be sent when the remedy parts are available. Owners may contact Ford customer service at 866-436-7332. Ford’s number for this recall is 14S21.
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