Faulty headlights are the latest setback for the redesigned 2013 Ford Fusion. Ford is recalling about 19,000 Fusions for the issue, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. This is the second recall in the span of a week for the Fusion, after Ford announced it would recall 2013 model-year Escapes and Fusions for potential engine fires.
In the latest Fusion recall, NHSTA says the low-beam headlights may become hazy over a period of time, which can decrease visibility and increase the risk of an accident. The recall affects cars manufactured from Feb. 3 to Oct. 20. To see when your Fusion was built, look at the sticker on the driver’s side door jamb.
If you’re waiting to take delivery of your new Fusion, you may have to wait longer. In a letter to dealers, Ford says it will stop delivery of 2013 Fusions until headlights have been replaced in all of the affected vehicles.
Ford dealers will replace the faulty headlight for no charge, regardless if the owner receives a recall notice or not. Edmunds says, “Parts are available in this recall, so it's a problem you should address next week if you own one of the affected 2013 Ford Fusions.”
Ford will begin sending out letters to owners of affected vehicles starting Dec. 10. Owners can contact Ford at 1-866-436-7332 or NHSTA at 1-888-327-4236. Owners can also visit www.safercar.gov for additional information.
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