Approximately 9.400 model-year 2020 Ford Escape SUVs are being recalled due to a seat defect. The driver and/or passenger manual recline front seats could be missing the third pawl that is required for seatback strength. The seats missing the third pawl may lack the strength to restrain an occupant in the event of a crash, increasing the risk of injury.
This recall is part of an expansion to an August recall the included other Ford and Lincoln vehicles. Ford said the majority of affected vehicles are still in dealer inventory and the issue will be remedied prior to the vehicles being sold to consumers.
Ford did not immediately announce an owner notification schedule. Owners can call the automaker at 800-392-3673 or the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s vehicle-safety hotline at 888-327-4236 to learn more.
To fix the problem, dealers will inspect the seat structure and if necessary, replace it.
Vehicle manufacturers are legally required to repair any recalled issues or replace the defective part for free under the Highway Safety Act of 1970. If the dealership refuses to fix the problem or attempts to charge you for the repair, contact the manufacturer immediately.
Lemon Law Group Partners can assist car owners if they encounter any problems during the recall process with the manufacturer. Our attorneys deal directly with the manufacturer on the client’s behalf to quickly resolve the problem. In many cases, the attorneys get paid directly from the manufacturer so the client does not have to pay any attorneys’ fees to obtain legal counsel. For more information and a free consultation call 888-668-8581.