Million Vehicles From Ford Due to Faulty Airbags

Daniel Fowler
January 25, 2021

The Ford Motor Company is being told to recall about 3 million vehicles over potential issues with airbag inflators.

The recall will affect approximately 2.7 million vehicles in the USA and approximately 300,000 in Canada and other locations.

The Ford vehicles being recalled include various 2006-2012 model-year Ranger, Fusion, Edge, Lincoln Zephyr/MKZ, Mercury Milan and Lincoln MKX vehicles.

The automaker attempted to avoid the airbag recall, asserting the particular Takata inflators in its models weren't as lethal as those that have been linked to more than a dozen deaths in the USA because they could propel shrapnel at drivers and passengers. They are at risk of exploding. These inflators can rupture and send deadly metal fragments flying through the cabin of a auto in the event of a crash. "We believe that our extensive data has shown that a safety recall was not justified for the driver's side airbag".

NHTSA also required Mazda Motor Corp to recall 5,800 air bag inflators in 2007-2009 B-Series vehicles.

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Within the filing, the company said the cost incurred will be viewed as a special item during its fourth quarter earnings on February 4. "However, we respect NHTSA's decision and will issue a recall", according to Fox Business.

Takata inflators have resulted in the deaths of at least 27 people worldwide and 18 in the United States, and over 400 reported injuries.

Owners of vehicles that may be affected should check the NHTSA recalls website.

Ford said the re-measurement loss is expected to reduce net income by about $1.2 billion, but did not change expectations for 2021 pension contributions.

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