2013 Ford C-MAX hybrid recalled for safety issue

Ford C-Max Hybrid
© Ford

Does not apply to models with 'panoramic' roof

I know that a lot of TreeHugger readers have hybrid cars, so this is just a heads up: If you have a 2013 Ford C-MAX hybrid that was manufactured between January 19, 2012 and June 25, 2013, you should be getting a safety recall notice soon. The recall is expected to begin August 19, 2013, at which point you'll be able to bring your vehicle back to Ford for a fix.

Ford C-Max hybrid© Ford

Here are the details of the recall, straight from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA):

Potential Number of Units Affected: 33,021
Vehicle Make Model Model Year(s): 2013 FORD C-MAX HYBRID
Manufacturer: Ford Motor Company

Ford Motor Company is recalling certain model year 2013 C-Max hybrid vehicles, without panoramic roofs, that were manufactured January 19, 2012, through June 25, 2013. During vehicle testing, the vehicle exceeded a head injury criteria requirement set by the standard. Thus, these vehicles fail to conform to Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard No. 201, "Occupant Protection in Interior Impact."

In the event of a crash, an occupant could be at an increased risk of an injury.

Ford will notify owners, and dealers will install energy absorbers between the headliner and the roof. The recall is expected to begin August 19, 2013. Owners may contact the Ford customer relationship center at 1-866-436-7332. Ford's recall number is 13C02.

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.

Ford C-Max Hybrid© Ford

Via NHTSA, Autoblog Green

See also: Getting to the bottom of Ford's hybrid fuel economy controversy

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