2 Ford recalls cover 55,000 vehicles

WASHINGTON — Ford has issued two separate safety recalls on Wednesday, covering about 55,000 vehicles in North America, for potential safety problems with seats and seat belts.

Ford recalled 51,500 2015-2016 Ford Transit wagons built at the Kansas City plant between Feb. 13, 2014, and Jan. 13, 2016. The rear-seat belt buckles can be damaged when heavy objects are put on top of them, The Detroit News reports, and that can lead to the belt failing to latch completely.

Ford also recalled about 3,700 F-150 trucks built in Dearborn, Michigan, between April 27 and Nov. 22, 2015. If the massage function of the multi-contour front passenger is turned on while an adult is in it, the Detroit News says, the system may think a child is in it, which would turn off the front passenger air bag.

Dealers will replace the relevant parts free of charge.

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