Dearborn, MI and Washington, D.C. – March 23, 2021 – Ford (NYSE:F) and Mazda (OTCMKTS:MZDAY) have begun recalls of 2,608,515 vehicles equipped with potentially dangerous Takata airbags whose inflators could explode, injuring or killing drivers and passengers. This latest Takata airbag recall includes:
- 2007 – 2011 Ford Ranger pickups
- 2007 – 2009 Mazda B Series pickups
- 2006 – 2012 Ford Fusion sedans
- 2006 – 2012 Lincoln Zephyr/MKZ sedans
- 2006 – 2011 Mercury Milan sedans
- 2007 – 2010 Ford Edge SUVs
- 2007 – 2010 Lincoln MKX luxury SUVs
The vast majority of the recalled vehicles are Fords; the Mazda models in this recall were built by Ford due to a past relationship between the two companies.
This Takata airbag recall is caused by faulty airbag inflators that can degrade over time and rupture when the airbags are deployed, sending shrapnel flying into vehicle occupants. Worldwide, these explosions have killed 27 people and have injured over 400.
The recall follows on the heels of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) rejecting the automakers’ petition not to recall these vehicles.
The inflators explode because of repeated exposure to high humidity and “high temperatures” and despite the addition of a desiccant, or a drying agent, that is meant to minimize the risk.
The risks involved in this recall are similar to those in a recent Volkswagen Takata airbag recall, which we cover in this previous article.
Other Takata airbag recalls
Over 66 million Takata airbags have been recalled in recent years in what amounts to the largest recall in the automotive history up-to-date. Just this year alone, General Motors recalled 6 million vehicles equipped with these potentially lethal airbags.
Some of the cars involved in earlier rounds of recalls should NOT be driven at all. See the full list here.
Ford, Lincoln and Mazda dealers will replace the defective airbags with one that does not contain ammonium nitrate. The dealer will not charge for this service.
It is not clear when the parts will be available.
Ford and Lincoln owners should receive recall notifications with more instructions as early as April 1; Mazda owners can expect theirs to arrive by May 9.
Is your vehicle part of this recall?
Over 2.6 million vehicles are included in these Ford and Mazda recalls. To do a Mazda or Ford recall check, enter your VIN into MotorSafety’s free vehicle lookup tool.