Ford is recalling 3 million 2012–2016 vehicles due to potentially defective airbags. The Ford recall covers vehicles fitted with defective airbag inflators that were produced by Takata Corp. Ford fought the recall of the driver’s airbags but the NHTSA rejected their attempts to avoid it. Takata Corp. is now bankrupt after having had numerous airbag recalls in the recent past.
Vehicles Involved in Ford Recall
The vehicles involved this time include the 2007–2011 Ford Ranger, 2006–2011 Mercury Milan, 2006–2012 Ford Fusion and Lincoln MKZ/Zephyr, the 2007–2010 Ford Edge and Lincoln MKX, and the 2007–2009 Mazda B-series pickup. You can check your vehicle VIN number on the NHTSA website to see if your vehicle is included in the recall.
The Ford recall will cost Ford $610 million to replace the airbags as a result of NHTSA’s decision. Because of Takata’s bankruptcy, Ford is shouldering all costs itself. Recalls linked to Takata airbags began in 2014 and have since become the biggest recall in auto history. More than 400 drivers have reported injury because of Takata airbags and there have been 18 deaths. Ford previously recalled 1.9 million vehicles fitted with Takata airbags in 2016.
Why Have the Airbags Been Recalled?
The Takata inflators in the recalled Ford vehicles can explode with aggressive force and spray metal shrapnel into vehicle passengers potentially causing serious injury or death. If you have been injured due to an airbag that exploded and sent metal pieces flying through the vehicle, you may wish to consult a product liability attorney to determine your rights before talking to the auto manufacturer.