Ford is recalling their C-Max MPV hybrid in a recent announcement. In all, the 33,021 vehicles that were produced from Jan. 19, 2012, and June 25, 2013 were not equipped with the panoramic glass roof (an option on the SE and SEL trims). Ironically, if you go to Ford’s “Build and Price” page on their main site, it states that you can build your own C-Max “from the roof down”.
The issue has to do with the roof not being able to adequately protect the passengers in the event of of the vehicle rolling over in an accident. Although rollovers are rare, compared to other types of accidents, only recently have safety regulators looked at the integrity of the roofs of various vehicles. More specifically, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) determined through testing that the Ford C-Max failed to conform to safety standards, as it pertains to possible head injury risk.
The Dearborn, Michigan automaker did not report any injuries as a result of the defect.
The latest Ford recall will have dealership technicians install additional energy-absorbing material between the headliner and the roof of the vehicle, at no charge to the registered owner. Although they plan on notifying owners via mail next month, owners can contact their local Ford dealership for additional information, or to schedule a service appointment.
Source: Fox 11