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Ford recalls 108K cars; seat belts may not hold in a crash

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Ford recalls 108K cars; seat belts may not hold in a crash

. DETROIT -- Ford is recalling over 108,000 midsize cars in North America to fix a problem that could stop the seat belts from holding people in a crash.
recall covers certain Ford Fusion and Lincoln MKZ cars from the 2015 model year. The company says the cars' front seat belt cables can lose strength due to heat buildup and may not adequately restrain passengers.

Ford says it's aware of one injury from the problem.

Dealers will apply a protective coating to the cables. Owners will be notified starting Sept. 9.
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How does heat buildup on seatbelts? From summertime heat?
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cheapmeister wrote:
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How does heat buildup on seatbelts? From summertime heat?
Yup. Cars get God awful hot in the summer in the interior.
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Friction between the belts and bellys/boobs. Big ones cause immense heat.
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cheapmeister wrote:
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How does heat buildup on seatbelts? From summertime heat?
Cables not belts.
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Aug 15th, 2019 12:07 pm
Cables not belts.
Never seen cables on a seatbelt before. Is the cable in the reel mechanism? Or is it holding the part that the seatbelt clicks into?
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Never seen cables on a seatbelt before. Is the cable in the reel mechanism? Or is it holding the part that the seatbelt clicks into?
Watch this - slow mo of pre-tensioned seatbelts being activated.

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Fords connect the seat belt buckle to the floor pan using a stiff cable like structure
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Fords connect the seat belt buckle to the floor pan using a stiff cable like structure
"Ford says the pretensioner cables could separate because of the increased temperature generated as the seat belt pretensioners deploy. If the cable separates, it may not properly restrain occupants in a crash, increasing risk of injury". Detroit News
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Watch this - slow mo of pre-tensioned seatbelts being activated.

What triggers it to activate?
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What triggers it to activate?
Usually deployed with airbags by crash sensors.
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