Ford to Recall 3 Million Vehicles Due to Potential Air Bag Issues

Cornelia Mascio
Gennaio 25, 2021

Concerns about Takata airbag inflators have been an ongoing issue for vehicle manufacturers.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has, to date, received 11 complaints claiming that the Super Duty tailgate fix hasn't rectified the issue, and has now launched an investigation into the matter. The vehicles have potentially unsafe airbags, according to the NHTSA, produced by supplier Takata. Ford estimates the recall will cost it approximately $610 million and confirmed that this figure will be reflected in its fourth-quarter 2020 results.

It is said that the airbag inflators could rupture and send metal fragments flying which could cause injury and could be potentially deadly as well.

Roughly 3 million vehicles in the United States and Canada are being recalled by Ford due to faulty airbags. Ford added in their own statement, "We believe our extensive data demonstrated that a safety recall was not warranted for the driver-side airbag". In a regulatory filing, the automaker said that this most recent recall impacts select 2006-2012 model year vehicles, including the 2007-2011 Ford Ranger, 2006-2012 Fusion, 2007-2010 Edge, 2006-2012 Lincoln MKZ/Zephyr, 2007-2010 MKX, and 2006-2011 Mercury Milan models. "However, we respect NHTSA's decision and will issue a recall", according to Fox Business.

NHTSA also required Mazda Motor Corp to recall 5,800 air bag inflators in 2007-2009 B-Series vehicles. At least 27 people worldwide and 18 in the US have died as a result of the defect, according to Reuters.

Ford disclosed the potential cost of the recall in paperwork filed with the SEC on Thursday evening.

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