Ford is adding makes and models to its Takata airbag recall. This is all part of an expanded recall ordered by the U.S. Government after Takata declared another 35 to 40 million airbags defective because they don’t have a chemical drying agent. Without it, there is the possibility the inflators could explode in areas with high heat and humidity.
Faulty Takata airbags are linked to 13 deaths worldwide. One of those was in a 2006 Ford Ranger in the U.S., the rest were in Honda vehicles.
The new Ford recall involves certain older model:
- 2007-2010 Ford Edge
- 2006-2011 Ford Fusion
- 2005-2011 Ford Mustang
- 2007-2011 Ford Ranger
- 2007-2010 Lincoln MKX
- 2006-2011 Lincoln MKZ, Zephyr
- 2006-2011 Mercury Milan
The recall is for passenger-side frontal inflators. A total of 1,898,728 vehicles now are affected by this safety recall, including 1,896,443 in the United States. Dealers will replace the passenger-side frontal airbag inflator at no cost to the customer.
Customers can look up VIN numbers on Ford’s website by clicking on safety recalls at the bottom of the page. Drivers can also use the government’s VIN lookup tool on Safercar.gov. The site is being continually updated as automakers provide information to the NHTSA.
You can find a current list of updated vehicles in our Takata Airbag Recall Guide.