Ford expands Takata airbag inflator recall

Dearborn, Mich., January 4, 2019 – Ford Motor Company recently increased the scope of its recall of vehicles including airbag inflator components provided by Takata, according to a company press release. Airbags containing Takata parts have been associated with several other waves of recalls over the past few years, encompassing multiple automakers.

The latest extension of the Ford recall, the Michigan-based automaker’s fourth, targets 2010 Ford Edge and Lincoln MKX, 2010-2011 Ford Ranger, 2010-2012 Ford Fusion, 2010-2012 Ford Fusion, 2010-2012 Lincoln MKZ, 2010-2011 Mercury Milan and 2010-2014 Ford Mustang. The number of units affected is approximately 953,000 vehicles across the U.S. and Canada.

The Defect

Airbag inflators manufactured by Takata may be defective, which could make the airbag’s components explode instead of deploying properly in the event of a collision. The current wave of the Ford recall centers around the aforementioned vehicles’ front passenger-side airbags. Since Takata provided so many components to such a wide variety of auto manufacturers, the recall has taken place in multiple phases,  targeting various components of vehicles made by multiple manufacturers.

A crash in which an airbag explosion occurred could cause serious injury or death to motorists, adding urgency to the multi-stage recall. Ford did note in its press release that there haven’t yet been any injuries or deaths directly linked to the kinds of passenger-side inflators included in this round of the recall expansion.

Timeline of Events

The latest expansion of the Takata recall is part of a rolling schedule implemented by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The agency noted that since the recall includes “tens of millions” of vehicles, beginning with the riskiest types of cars, mostly vehicles produced in 2006 and earlier. The order of the recall is based on both year of manufacture and the relative heat and humidity of regions – hot, humid conditions exacerbate the problems with airbags and increase risk. The entire schedule began in November 2015, according to the NHTSA, and is intended to conclude at the end of 2019.

The vehicles included in the latest Ford recall were manufactured between 2008 and 2012. The potential fault in these airbags has been known since the early days of the overall Takata recall, but due to the logistical need to handle the repairs in waves, they are only being serviced now.

The Solution

Owners of affected Ford vehicles – or any other cars involved in the Takata recall thus far – should go to a local dealership, where the frontal passenger-side airbag inflator or airbag module will be replaced, with the manufacturer paying for the repairs. The reference number assigned to this latest recall by Ford is 19S01.

Sean ReyesFord expands Takata airbag inflator recall