Ford Motor Company, Inc. (Ford) is recalling certain 2016-2018 Lincoln MKX and 2019-2020 Nautilus vehicles equipped with 16-way electric tilt seats. The seat cushion frame edge may contact the wire harness when the seat occupant uses the tilt function of the seat, potentially damaging one or more wires within the harness, which can result in either inadvertent deployment of the airbag or non-deployment of the airbag in the event of a crash.
An airbag that deploys inadvertently increases the risk of a crash. An airbag that does not deploy in the event of a crash increases the risk of injury.
Ford will notify owners, and dealers will install protective flocking tape onto the exposed edge of the 16-way seat cushion frames, and inspect the wire harness for damage and repair or replace it as needed, free of charge. This recall is expected to begin August 10, 2020. Owners may contact Ford/Lincoln customer service at 1-866-436-7332. Ford’s number for this recall is 20S37.
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.
NHTSA Campaign Number: 20V414000
Manufacturer Ford Motor Company
Components SEATS, AIR BAGS, ELECTRICAL SYSTEM
Potential Number of Units Affected 19,299