Ford is recalling a total of 19,106 2013 Fusion models for faulty headlights, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The car's low beam headlamp projector coating may not have cured correctly during manufacturing, which may cause haziness over time, dimming the lights. The resulting reduced visibility could cause a crash. Ford will notify affected Fusion owners, and dealers will replace the faulty lamp assemblies free of charge. Expect the recall campaign to begin on December 10.

This is the second recall of Ford's young Fusion in a week's time. Last Friday saw Ford calling in 15,833 of its new sedans equipped with 1.6-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder engines. According to NHTSA, the engine could overheat and potentially cause a fire while running. You can take a look at the most recent recall notice below for more information.
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Vehicle Make / Model: Model Year(s):
FORD / FUSION 2013

Manufacturer: Ford Motor Company Report Receipt Date: NOV 30, 2012

NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 12V553000 NHTSA Action Number: N/A

Component: EXTERIOR LIGHTING:HEADLIGHTS
Potential Number of Units Affected: 19,106

Summary:
Ford is recalling certain model year 2013 Fusion vehicles, manufactured from February 3, 2012, through October 20, 2012, for failing to conform to the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) number 108, "Lamps, Reflective Devices, and Associated Equipment." The affected vehicles may not have had the low beam headlamp projector coating properly cured during its manufacturing process.

Consequence:
An improperly cured projector coating will become hazy through operation, over time, reducing the brightness of the low-beam lamp. This may decrease driver visibility and increase the risk of a vehicle crash.

Remedy:
Ford will notify owners, and dealers will replace the headlamp assembly. The recall is expected to begin on December 10, 2012. Owners may contact Ford Motor Company Customer Relationship Center at 1-866-436-7332.

Notes:
Ford's recall campaign number is 12C27. Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.


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      Drakkon
      • 2 Years Ago
      For all the people who trash Elon Musk for bringing his car to market too slowly, let's look at the counterpoint.
      dukeisduke
      • 2 Years Ago
      Wow, not good.
      Abarthlyness
      • 2 Years Ago
      Que the "better to initiate the recall than not" crowd. And I agree... but COME ON, Ford! This is day one stuff. Maybe, just maybe, before you release a car to the public for purchase, you should make DAMN sure they don't, I don't know.... catch fire?? ... and now this. I know this is a first MY, brand new vehicle, and there will be teething issues, but it's a little rediculous at this point, after the 4-5 Escape recals.
      • 2 Years Ago
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        The_Zachalope
        • 2 Years Ago
        Typical idiot troll... this car isn't made in a UAW plant.
          • 2 Years Ago
          @The_Zachalope
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          Steve
          • 2 Years Ago
          @The_Zachalope
          over9000 - Are you really that ignorant or is this just an act? The engineers at Ford are NOT UAW.....
          TRAILbrake
          • 2 Years Ago
          @The_Zachalope
          If I recall correctly, the Fusion (except the Fusion Hybrid) is built in the Sonora, Mexico plant.
        Camaroman101
        • 2 Years Ago
        so what do you say when toyota, honda, hyundai, or nissan have a recall? "Typical non-unionized work ethic . . . lower wages and low quality?"
      Arturo Rios Jr.
      • 2 Years Ago
      Chrysler Recalls 919,000 Older Jeep Grand Cherokee And Liberty Models. Toyota Recalls 7.5 Million Cars For Door Fires Honda Recalls 820,000 Civics And Pilots Honda Recalls 600,000 Accords To Fix Faulty Hoses Ford Recalling 2013 Escape For The Third Time Toyota Will Recall 778,000 RAV4 And Lexus Models Chrysler Faces Engine Fires And Rear Wheel Lock Up Investigations NHTSA Expands Investigation Into Toyota Door Fires To 1.4 Million Vehicles NHTSA Expands Probe Into Jeeps Catching Fire Toyota Issues Safety Recall For 681,500 Vehicles Ford Recalls 450,426 Minivans And SUVs and the best one of all Why Toyota Topped Recall List For Third Year In A Row. Source AOL recalls. So just because Autoblog brings us bad news about the Fusion, it doesn't mean any other cars in the segment are doing much better. We need to do a bit more research that a simply read at this blog.
        Walt
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Arturo Rios Jr.
        Well said Arturo. It should also be noted that Ford found this defect as part of their own internal review, not from customer complaints - a salient fact missing (as usual) from Autoblog's reporting. "Ford spokesman Said Deep said the problem was discovered by Ford’s internal testing and was caused by improper manufacturing of the headlamp by a parts supply company. He said the recalls show that Ford will take action to correct safety problems as soon as it finds them." http://www.washingtonpost.com/business/ford-recalls-new-fusion-to-fix-faulty-headlights-as-spate-of-problems-continues/2012/12/07/6f73fe1a-4076-11e2-8a5c-473797be602c_story.html
          al4gg10
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Walt
          From the article "Ford spokesman Said Deep said the problem was discovered by Ford’s internal testing and was caused by improper manufacturing of the headlamp by a parts supply company." Where is the Ford quality control to inspect parts BEFORE they assemble the parts into the cars ? Especially a New car like the Fusion should have parts inspected before actually being used in production ! This is the problem the quality control at Ford is lacking ! Found after the fact ! Continuing to put the horse before the cart ! If the parts were released to production without first being tested that is a quality control problem ! I wonder how many other parts used in the manufacturing process were not qualified before being released into production ! Judging by owners responses of Fords MANY PARTS ! Its simply not acceptable ! Don't say great job Ford after the fact !
        ebn.hahn
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Arturo Rios Jr.
        OOH it is a FACT, AB has something against FORD... Just read few of there articles and you will see that very appearent.... and if they say they do not., then they need to do a better job to show a more balanced opinion when they write there articles...
      Yang Xi Gua
      • 2 Years Ago
      Fusion sales down 40% come the December Hot Winter autoblog edition.
        NightFlight
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Yang Xi Gua
        How many times have you been told it is dealer inventory issues? You can't possibly be that stupid....
          • 2 Years Ago
          @NightFlight
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      SloopJohnB
      • 2 Years Ago
      Virtually EVERY polycarbonate streamlined aero headlight cover should be recalled at the OEM's expense to replace them because the ALL pit and yellow/haze over time. In the old days headlights were replaced often enough and were required to have glass lenses that didn't yellow. The new HID projector lenses are glass (imagine that? The UV output of HID yellows anything else!) but the streamlined aero covers are polycarbonate or whatever plastic and are simply inadequate. NHTSA needs to force the OEMs to replace ANY yellowed/hazed plastic cover within 10 years or 100,000 miles or the lifetime of the headlight assembly.
      Lunch
      • 2 Years Ago
      Ford does mot need to do this recall. U simply don't need headlamps when your car is on fire. The flames provide plenty of light.
        Steve
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Lunch
        When is Ford going to catch Toyota in recalls? As Ford inches forward, Toyota goes out and recalls 7.4 million! Ford recalls around 90,000 last week and then Toyota recalls 150,000.......
          Kahz
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Steve
          Fair enough, but when you're arguing with fanboys, logic doesn't work.
      Yang Xi Gua
      • 2 Years Ago
      This is just the beginning. Ford clearly lied Fusion hybrid could get 47 city 47 highway. Unless it's a propriatory hybrid system, highway mileage cannot match city mileage in a hybrid.
        ngiotta
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Yang Xi Gua
        That's not necessarily true. Many owners have said that they meet or beat the EPA estimates in the Fusion Hybrid. As they say, your mileage may vary...
        jtav2002
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Yang Xi Gua
        Wouldn't be the first hybrid to have matching numbers. So if they're lying about the mileage, other manufacturers have done this with hybrids too.
      JME1980
      • 2 Years Ago
      And yet BMW just recalled their X5 for faulty steering. RECALLS HAPPEN TO ALL AUTO MAKERS!! Life goes on....
      NightFlight
      • 2 Years Ago
      Ford, I really do love you, but this is getting embarrassing.
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