A potential airbag problem is causing Ford to recall more than 150,000 Fiesta subcompacts from the 2011 to 2013 model years. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, "The passenger side curtain air bag will not deploy in the event of a side impact collision when the front passenger seat is empty."

2013 Ford Fiesta. Photo courtesy of Ford.

What's interesting about this recall, reports Autoblog, is that, "These side curtain airbags were actually designed not to deploy in a scenario where the front passenger seat was empty (why that is is unclear), but that information was not properly presented to Fiesta owners in the manual." If the front passenger seat is empty, in a side impact collision, the side airbag won't inflate, leaving rear-seat passengers without the extra layer of protection an airbag provides.

There have been no known crashes or injuries as a result, reports the Associated Press.

If you think your car may be part of the recall, you can contact NHTSA at 1-888-327-4236 or visit safercar.gov. The NHTSA recall number is 12V488000. You can also contact Ford at 1-866-436-7332. Ford will begin notifying owners of the affected cars and Ford dealers will update the airbag software so the side airbag will deploy even if the passenger seat is empty. The repair work will be done for free.

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