Ford Motor Company is recalling model year 2013 C-Max hybrid vehicles, without panoramic roofs, that were manufactured 19 January 2012 through 25 June 2013. The affected vehicles were built with insufficient interior head impact protection at the roof/B-Pillar area; during vehicle testing, the vehicle exceeded a head injury criteria requirement set by 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 a plastic energy absorber between the headliner and the roof on both the left and right side of the vehicles. The recall is expected to begin 19 August 2013, and will affect up to 33,021 vehicles.
Ford will also notify dealers to stop demonstrating or delivering the affected vehicles until the headliner modifications are performed.