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Ford Focus Gains Traction in China, But 191K Recalled Due Fire Risk

Cracked fuel lines lead to second action on vehicles.

by on Sep.05, 2014

Ford is recalling more than 191,000 Focuses in China due to a fuel line leak that could lead to a fire.

Despite being late to the sales party in China, Ford has been making up for lost time, especially this year as the company – led by the Focus – is expected to sell more than 1 million vehicles.

The automaker, which earlier this year claimed the Focus was the best-selling nameplate in the world, saw its August sales rise 9% with the Focus being the catalyst for that.

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However, the good times may have come to a screeching halt today – one day after it announced its strong sales last month – with the news it is recalling more than 190,000 Ford Focus sedans built from 2009 until now due to fuel leak problems. (more…)

Ford Mustang Feels Knee-d for Airbag Speed

Maker develops new knee airbag that is safer, quicker.

by on Jun.23, 2014

Ford has developed a new passenger knee airbag design integrated into the glovebox door that will debut on the all-new 2015 Ford Mustang.

In all the hubbub surrounding introduction of the 2015 Ford Mustang, the maker of the pony car didn’t play up a safety innovation…until now: the knee airbag.

While a knee airbag isn’t exactly revolutionary, Ford engineers have developed a new iteration that provides improved safety and more options for the company’s design team.

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Ford uses an inflatable plastic bladder that is integrated into the glove box door and provides front passenger knee protection similar to a conventional knee airbag mounted under the instrument panel. The upside to the new airbag is that it requires half the material and an inflator that is 75% smaller than one for a conventional knee airbag. (more…)