Almost all of the affected models are in the United States.
Ford will recall an additional 1.9 million vehicles in North America as part of the automaker’s expanded Takata airbag inflator replacement campaign. The models include the 2007-2010 Edge, 2006-2011 Fusion, 2005-2011 Mustang, 2007-2011 Ranger, 2007-2010 Lincoln MKX, and North American-assembled units of the 2006-2011 MKZ, Zephyr, and Mercury Milan. Specifically, there are 1,896,443 affected vehicles in the United States, 1,304 in Canada, and 1 in Mexico.
These models contain passenger side airbag inflators without a desiccant, which is a substance that absorbs moisture. Research indicates long-term exposure to high temperatures and humidity causes that parts’ ammonium-nitrate propellant to ignite too quickly during deployment, and the components can then burst. Not having a substance in the inflator to limit this problem could make the situation worse over time. Experts blame the ruptures for at least 13 deaths worldwide and over 100 injuries.
Ford is just the latest company to recall these parts. In early May, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration mandated that automakers replace 35 million to 40 million non-desiccated inflators in multiple phases by the end of 2019. On May 27, eight companies, including Subaru, Mazda, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, Nissan, Honda, Ferrari, Toyota, and Mitsubishi, announced details about their campaigns to fix the problem. Mercedes-Benz also added 200,000 vehicles in the United States to its recall a few days earlier.
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FORD ISSUES SAFETY RECALL FOR VEHICLES CONTAINING CERTAIN TAKATA AIRBAG INFLATORS
DEARBORN, Mich., June 1, 2016 – Ford is issuing a safety recall for vehicles that have certain non-desiccated Takata passenger-side frontal airbag inflators after Takata declared those inflators are defective. This expanded recall follows Takata’s notification to the U.S. NHTSA that certain of its airbag inflators are defective, affecting several automakers across the industry.
The vehicles affected by this Takata action are 2007-2010 Ford Edge, 2006-2011 Ford Fusion, 2005-2011 Ford Mustang, 2007-2011 Ford Ranger, 2007-2010 Lincoln MKX and 2006-2011 Lincoln MKZ, Zephyr and Mercury Milan vehicles built in North America. Ford is not aware of any injuries associated with these passenger side frontal inflators in any Ford vehicles related to this safety recall. Driver side airbag inflators in these vehicles are not included in this recall.
A total of 1,898,728 vehicles now are affected by this safety recall, including 1,896,443 in the United States and federalized territories, 1,304 in Canada and one in Mexico. Dealers will replace the passenger-side frontal airbag inflator at no cost to the customer.
Ford is committed to providing our customers with top quality vehicles. We are equally committed to addressing potential issues and responding quickly. Customers who want to know if their vehicle is included in this recall can visit www.ford.com and click on safety recalls at the bottom of the page and enter their Vehicle Identification Number (VIN).