Automaker Ford (NYSE:F) recently informed the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration that the company is recalling some of its Fiesta line.
The cars in question are 2011-13 Fiestas. More than 150,000 cars are being recalled in the U.S., and a total of 262,000 are being recalled worldwide. Owners are being notified this week.
At issue is the programming that controls the passenger-side curtain air bag. Following an accident in which the air bag did not deploy, the Transport Canada auto safety agency conducted field tests and determined the bag was not programmed to deploy when the passenger seat is unoccupied, according to Reuters. It further determined that this presented a safety issue to passengers in the right rear seat.
Ford is conducting the recall to reprogram the air bag sensors to deploy the devices in side-impact collisions regardless of whether the passenger seat is occupied.
The NHTSA also blamed Ford for improperly explaining the air bag systems in the owner’s manual.
No injuries have been reported due to the defect.