Ford Vehicle Groups Recalled Over Takata Parts Defect
Written by AskTheLawyers.com™
Many people will remember the Takata airbag recall that swept the world, affecting millions of vehicles. Vehicle owners were advised to bring in their vehicles to have the defective part replaced. However, Ford recently issued another recall after investigations identified certain vehicles that may have had the obsolete parts installed during collision and theft repairs that took place during the recall. No injuries have been reported in connection with the defective parts. Ford has issued a new recall for two groups of vehicles that may have been repaired with defective parts.
The first group of recalled Ford vehicles includes 1117 cars and trucks sold in the U.S., Canada, and Mexico, including certain:
- 2004-11 Ford Ranger
- 2005-14 Ford Mustang
- 2006 Ford GT
- 2008-12 Ford Fusion
- 2009-11 Mercury Milan
- 2010-12 Lincoln MKZ
- 2007-10 Ford Edge
- 2007-10 Lincoln MKX
Certain vehicles matching these specifications are suspected to have undergone collision repairs with potentially defective auto parts. Owners of these vehicles can take them to a Ford dealership to have the airbags inspected for the obsolete part and replaced free of charge. As far as recalls go, the number of vehicles affected is expected to be relatively low, but cannot be identified without the help of a Ford vehicle expert. The consequences of a defective airbag can be serious, so it’s important to have your vehicle examined if it falls into one of these categories.
The second group of vehicles includes 153,107 Ford Rangers across the U.S., Canada, and Mexico.
The second group of vehicles involved in the recall includes a narrower focus but larger quantity of vehicles overall. Ford is unsure which of these vehicles may have been repaired with obsolete parts, but has estimated that approximately 153,000 could have the potential. Similar to the above group, qualifying vehicles can be brought to a dealership and inspected for the possible defect. This group includes 2004 through 2006 Ford Rangers. In the company’s investigation regarding the recalled auto parts, only 45 were unable to be located, and they are suspected to be found somewhere within this group of vehicles.
Defective airbags are a big problem.
Airbags have become one of the most important parts of any vehicle’s safety system. When an airbag does not deploy properly, the injuries can be catastrophic. In regard to the defective Takata airbag system, defective sensors could cause the airbags to deploy too early, too soon, and even to deploy or explode without warning. It’s not hard to see why the airbag system was recalled across the board; if you suspect your vehicle may be included in this or another recall due to potentially defective airbags, reach out to an authorized dealership right away to discuss your options for repairs and replacement to keep you and your passengers safe on the road.