(January 21, 2021) — Ford Motor Company is recalling 3 million vehicles due to potential issues with their airbag inflators.
Earlier this week, the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) ordered the automaker to issue the recall for driver-side airbag inflators, which could rupture during a crash and send potentially deadly metal fragments flying, according to a report from CNBC.
The recall comes about after the NHTSA denied on January 19th a petition by Ford from 2017 that sought to avoid recalling the vehicles with the potentially dangerous airbags, which were produced by auto supplier Takata.
The recall will affect approximately 2.7 million vehicles in the U.S. and approximately 300,000 in Canada and other locations. The impacted vehicles range from model years 2006 through 2012 and include the Ford Ranger pickup (2007-2011), Fusion (2006-2012), Edge (2007-2010), Lincoln MKZ/Zephyr (2006-2012), MKX (2007-2010) and Mercury Milan (2006-2011) vehicles.
Mazda, which was formerly owned by Ford, is also expected to recall 2007-09 B-Series small pickups as a result of NHTSA’s action.
The airbag inflators included in the recall are different than the ones included in earlier Takata recalls but are defective for similar reasons. They are at risk of exploding.
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