The Problem: Due to an error in the assembly process at the TRW facility in Mexico, some vehicles may have had their side curtain airbags incorrectly packed, which could cause them to deploy incorrectly in the event of a side collision or rollover.
Injuries/Deaths: None reported.
The fix: Dealers are being instructed to inspect and, where necessary, reorient the side curtain airbag assembly. The recall campaign is slated to commence on May 16.
If you own one: Consider parking your van until the issue is resolved. Ford has issued a stop-sale on those units still in inventory, and instructed dealers not to demonstrate those affected vehicles before the airbags are fixes.
Report Receipt Date: APR 04, 2016
NHTSA Campaign Number: 16V188000
Component(s): AIR BAGS
Potential Number of Units Affected: 37,066
Manufacturer: Ford Motor Company
Ford Motor Company (Ford) is recalling certain model year 2015-2016 Transit vehicles manufactured March 12, 2014, to March 18, 2016. In the affected vehicles, the side curtain air bag may not deploy with the proper trajectory due to being folded and packaged incorrectly.
A side curtain air bag that does not deploy as intended may increase the risk of occupant injury in the event of a crash.
Ford will notify owners, and dealers will inspect and re-orient the side curtain air bag assembly, as necessary, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin on May 16, 2016. Owners may contact Ford customer service at 1-866-436-7332. Ford's number for this recall is 16S13.
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.