The recent recall expansion in US over the airbag safety crisis triggered by Takata is forcing Ford to issue another callback for around 1.9 million vehicles.
This expanded recall follows Takata’s notification to the US NHTSA that 35-40 million of its airbag inflators are defective. Therefore, Ford is now recalling 2007-2010 Edge, 2006-2011 Fusion, 2005-2011 Mustang, 2007-2011 Ranger, 2007-2010 Lincoln MKX and 2006-2011 Lincoln MKZ, Zephyr, Mercury Milan and 2005-2006 GT models built in North America to replace only the passenger side airbag inflators without the desiccant substance. Ford said it was not aware of any injuries associated with these potentially defective inflators in any affected cars. The driver side airbags are not included in this latest move, an action targeting a total of 1,902,228 Blue Oval vehicles. There are 1,896,443 units in the United States, 1,304 in Canada and one in Mexico. Dealers will replace the passenger-side frontal airbag inflator at no cost to the customer.
Ford’s announcement shortly follows a similar one from eight other automakers, all recalling 12 million cars in the United States over Takata’s airbags. That recall included 4.5 million US vehicles from Honda, 4.3 million from Fiat Chrysler and 1.6 million from Toyota.
All potentially defective inflators made by the Japanese auto supplier have to be phased out by December 2019. Tests showed the use of ammonium nitrate was the key factor of the explosive airbags ruptures, as exposure to humidity and the lack of that substance that absorbs moisture coupled with variations in temperatures over time could lead to an instant combustion of the propellant.