Ford Recalling Fiestas For Air Bag Problems

Ford is recalling more than
154,000 Fiesta subcompacts to fix a problem with the side air
bags.

The company says that if
the front passenger seat is empty, the side air bag won't inflate to protect
rear-seat passengers in some crashes.

Ford says it doesn't know
of any crashes or injuries linked to the problem.

The recall affects Fiestas
from the 2011 through 2013 model years. They were built in Mexico from Nov.
3, 2009 to Sept. 21, 2012.

Dealers will reprogram the
computer that controls the side air bag so it inflates even if no one is in the
front passenger seat. The repair will be done for free.