09/26/2014 10:52 EDT | Updated 11/26/2014 05:59 EST

Ford recalls 850,000 vehicles for non-deploying airbags

Ford Motor Company is recalling more than 850,000 vehicles across North America for a defect that may result in air bags not deploying when needed.

The company said Friday that the affected vehicles are all from the 2013 and 2014 model years for the following models:

- Ford C-MAX

- Fusion

- Escape

- Lincoln MKZ

In the affected vehicles, the restraints control module short circuits.

"If a short circuit occurs, the airbag warning indicator will illuminate. Depending on the location of the short circuit, the deployable restraint systems (e.g., airbags, pretensioners, side curtains) may not function as intended in the event of a crash," Ford said.

The company says it isn't aware of any accidents or injuries related to this condition.

Dealers will replace the restraints control module at no cost to the customer.

It's Ford's first airbag-related recall of the year, which is significant because rival GM has recalled millions of vehicles this year for defective ignition switches that can render airbags inoperable in a crash, among other things.

It's unclear how many cars in Canada might be affected, but CBC News will update this story with that information when it's available.