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Ford Recalls 680,000 Cars; Seat Belts May Not Hold in Crash

By on December 2, 2016

In this March 29, 2011, file photo, new 2011 Ford F-150 trucks are shown at a dealership in Glbert, Ariz. U.S. safety regulators have closed an investigation into power brake assist failures in Ford F-150 pickup trucks without seeking a recall. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says an analysis of complaints and testing showed that even in worst-case situations, the trucks can be stopped with a moderate increase in brake pedal pressure. In June, the agency began investigating about 250,000 pickups from 2011 and 2012 after finding seven crashes and 466 consumer complaints. (AP Photo/Matt York, File)

In this March 29, 2011, file photo, new 2011 Ford F-150 trucks are shown at a dealership in Glbert, Ariz. (AP Photo/Matt York, File)

DETROIT — Ford is recalling more than 680,000 midsize sedans mainly in North America because the front seat belts may not hold people in a crash.

The recall covers certain 2013 to 2016 Ford Fusion, 2013 to 2015 Lincoln MKZ and 2015 and 2016 Ford Mondeo cars.

Ford says heat generated when the seat belt pre-tensioners deploy can cause cables to break. If that happens the belts may not hold people. Ford says it knows of two injuries related to the problem.

Pre-tensioners tighten seat belts when they sense that cars are stopping.

Dealers will inject insulation into the pre-tensioners to protect the cables from heat at no cost to owners. The recall is expected to begin on Jan. 16.

Most of the cars are in the U.S., Canada and Mexico.

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