Ford recalls nearly 150,000 American vehicles due to airbags that may explode and hurl shrapnel

Feb 22 2021, 6:00 pm

Ford Motor Company is recalling thousands of vehicles in the US after losing track of faulty airbags that can explode when deployed.

The automaker has issued a recall for 147,047 vehicles after determining that certain Takata airbags were not removed from its service stock.

After an “extensive investigation,” Ford could not locate the parts and determined they may have been installed in vehicles that were undergoing collision or theft repairs.

If exposed to high heat and humidity long-term, the airbags may explode and hurl shrapnel at vehicle occupants.

Included in Ford’s recall are 144,340 Rangers with model years from 2004 to 2006.

The remainder of the recalled vehicles are “certain” 2004 to 2011 Rangers, 2005 to 2014 Mustangs, 2006 GTs, and 2008 to 2012 Fusions.

As well, some 2009 to 2011 Mercury Milans, 2010 to 2012 Lincoln MKZs, 2007 to 2010 Edges, and 2007 to 2010 Lincoln MKZs are being recalled.

The motor company will begin notifying affected customers the week of March 8. Ford said dealers would inspect the vehicles and replace the parts if necessary.

Takata airbags were the subject of a massive multi-year recall that affected millions of vehicles across North America and led to multiple deaths and injuries.

Ford has also issued a separate recall for 1,640 Bronco Sports vehicles made in 2020.

The company said the vehicles have a rear suspension issue that may affect its stability, potentially increasing the risk of accident or injury.

Ford said it has not received any reports of accidents or injuries related to the issue.

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