Ford recalls 3 million vehicles for airbag danger

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(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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tim palmer
3 months ago

You know at this point it would be far easier to just put up a list of the vehicles that DON’T have the Takata air bags. Everybody else, you’re getting recalled sooner or later.

Chris
3 months ago

A link to the recall to see if your vehicle is affected would be helpful:
https://www.nhtsa.gov/equipment/takata-recall-spotlight

MTBer
3 months ago

People can die from this defect and it took more than 3 years!

STEPHEN P Malochleb
3 months ago
Reply to  MTBer

No, it’s been almost 10 years with Takata airbag defects. I think car makers may just have been hiding who made their airbags.

Roger V
3 months ago

True. My Honda and Toyota Takata airbags were fixed years ago. Disappointing to read that Ford fought this recall hard.

Last edited 3 months ago by Roger V
Debbie
3 months ago
Reply to  Roger V

Our ford was fixed over a year ago. We received a notice in the mail and got put on a long waiting list.

GeorgeB
3 months ago
Reply to  Roger V

Hi Roger, it isn’t just Ford, its Honda and others as well. My wife refuses to part with her 1997 Honda CRV. We received a notice years ago that the airbags ‘may be’ dangerous and suggested we not drive the car …. for years?? To this day, Honda still does not have enough airbags to replace them …. folks, its a 1997!!!! They want us to bring the CRV in to a dealer so it can be ‘assessed’ if its dangerous. Based on various factors, such as where the car has lived the past 24 years. Honda does not get a pass from me.

Gary
3 months ago
Reply to  GeorgeB

Honda fixed our CRV within 3 months of getting the notice. Plus you get a rental car while it is being fixed.