Ford Motor Co, the second-largest US automaker has decided to expand the recall of Takata-equipped driver side airbag on certain vehicles. The expanded safety campaign targets older-model Mustang cars that use driver-side Takata airbags, now including around 502,500 units.
Japan’s Takata Corp. is currently at the center of a mounting global safety crisis, but more than half of the affected vehicles are located in the United States. Here, the auto safety parts supplier has said that airbag inflators could malfunction, exploding with excessive force and getting metal shrapnel launched at high velocity inside the cabin. The company said that only areas of high humidity could cause the malfunction, limiting the extent of the recalls to high humidity regions and territories. But the US auto safety regulator, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration last month asked both Takata and some of the carmakers to expand the scope of the safety campaigns to a nationwide level.
Ford was one of the five automakers asked by the NHTSA to expand the recall involving driver-side Takata-produced airbags. So far, Honda and Mazda have also responded positive to the request – while BMW AG and Chrysler, a subsidiary of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles have not yet done so. Ford’s recall now spans across 500,439 Mustangs from model years 2005 to 2008 and 2,050 Ford GTs from model years 2005 and 2006.