The 2018 Ford EcoSport has been recalled in North America over a potentially-weak weld in the front seats
The 2018 Ford EcoSport has been recalled in North America to inspect and, if required, fix a potentially-weak weld in the front seats. As per reports, the weld that holds the A-bracket of the backrest and the side member together is prone to breaking in the event of a mishap, which can, in turn, lead to injuries to the passengers.
The company claims that so far it has not received any complaint regarding this issue. The carmaker, however, has issued the recall drive to replace the entire front seat of the affected cars rather than simply strengthening the joint. So far, this recall covers only 87 North America-spec 2019 Ford EcoSport models. Out of these, 63 cars have been sold in the United States while the remaining 13 are in Canada.
It’s yet to be ascertained whether the remaining 11 cars have been dispatched to the US or Canadian market. Owners of the 2019 Ford EcoSport in the North American continent can call 866-436-7332 and mention the recall number 18C 08 to figure out if their car should be inspected by the Ford technicians.
Another recall that affected the Ford EcoSport was related to the infamous Takata airbags, which were prone to throw shrapnel at the passengers in the event of a crash. As many as 9.53 lakh units of the Ford EcoSport were covered by this recall drive, out of which 7.8 lakh cars were present in the US. Owners of the EcoSport can check the status of their vehicle by calling the helpline and quoting the reference number 19S 01.
So far, the India-spec Ford EcoSport seems to be unaffected by this recall drive as this could be a North America-only instance of poor quality control. In November 2018, it emerged that the sales of the EcoSport have seen a decline of 50% on a YoY basis. A reason for this could be the introduction of newer rivals like the Tata Nexon and the AMT-equipped Maruti Vitara Brezza.
Also, with the launch of the Mahindra XUV300 around the corner, sales of the Ford Ecosport, which is currently the oldest model in its segment, could suffer even further.