Ford Recalls 3 million Vehicles Due to Defective Airbags
After losing its fight with the NHTSA, Ford recalls 3 million vehicles equipped with defective airbags. Yes, the same Takata that manufactured defective airbags from earlier recalls. While the airbag inflators causing the problem in this recall are different, the recall is happening for a similar reason: they have a risk of exploding.
Ford recalls 3 million vehicles due to defective airbags
As reported by USAtoday.com, Ford’s hand was forced on the recall of 2.7 million vehicles in the U.S. at a cost of $610 million because federal regulators rejected the company’s request to avoid a recall. Ford took the position that they had not found evidence that the material in the inflators was breaking down to the point that it would cause a serious problem. After considering the request, NHTSA concluded that the ammonium nitrate propellant used to inflate the driver’s airbags was showing signs of decay and posed a safety risk.
Which vehicles are being recalled due to defective airbags?
The vehicles affected are the 2007-11 Ford Ranger, the 2006-12 Ford Fusion, the 2007-10 Ford Edge, the 2006-12 Lincoln MKZ/Zephyr, the 2007-10 Lincoln MKX and the 2006-11 Mercury Milan.
The recall will also affect Mazda, which used to be owned by Ford. They are expected to recall 2007-09 B-Series small pickups because of the NHTSA’s ruling.
The companies will replace the unsafe airbag inflators as part of the recall effort.
Takata airbags have been the source of huge earlier recalls in the past few years; the largest in U.S. history. To date, they have cost at least 27 people their lives, including 18 in the U.S. Another 400 or so have been injured.
According to the NHTSA, tens of millions of vehicles with Takata airbags are under recall around the world. The problem with the airbags is that over time, exposure to high heat and humidity can cause these airbags to explode when deployed.
NHTSA urges vehicle owners to check to see if their vehicle is on the latest recall list and contact their nearest dealer for next steps to protect themselves, their passengers and others from the very serious threat that these airbags cause to safety.
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