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Recall Roundup: Takata Air Bags, Ford, Lincoln

Recall Roundup: Takata Air Bags, Ford, Lincoln

TAKATA AIR BAGS RECALL ALERT

This past week saw a flurry of updates after the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration prompted an expansion of Takata’s airbag campaign to nearly 34 million recalls. Ford has the largest update so far, nearly tripling its prior total to 1.51 million cars and adding the most-recent car in the crisis so far: the 2014 Mustang.

Previously, the most recent car involved was the 2011 Honda Element. Ford has gone well beyond that: In response to last week’s Takata notifications, the automaker expanded its recall tally to include the 2005-2014 Mustang and 2005-2006 GT exotic, plus the 2004-2006 Ford Ranger pickup built at two specific assembly plants. That’s a major revision from before, when a slew of build dates and geographies factored in — and the Mustang was only under recall for the 2005-2008 model years.

In total, Ford’s recall count is up about 966,000 cars from before, spokeswoman Kelli Felker told Cars.com.

“There’s no geographic boundaries, but there are also no build date boundaries,” Felker said. “This includes every one of those vehicles in those models regardless of where they’re built in the world.”

Ford owners will receive notices beginning the week of July 13, she added. Mustang and GT recalls involve the driver’s-side airbag, while the Ranger’s recall involves the front-passenger airbag.

Separately, Mitsubishi expanded its Takata recall for the Lancer compact to include some 2006 models. It’s also for the passenger-side airbag.

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Vehicles Affected: Approximately 19,500 model-year 2015 Ford Mustang vehicles equipped with a 2.3-liter engine; only vehicles built between Feb. 14, 2014, and Feb. 10, 2015, at the Flat Rock Assembly Plant are affected.

The Problem: Ford is reporting that prolonged exposure to elevated underbody temperatures might cause the fuel tank and fuel vapor lines to degrade. This could result in a fuel leak, increasing the risk of a fire. This condition could also cause the parking brake cable seals to degrade, potentially affecting parking brake functions. This increases the risk of an accident. Ford is not aware of any accidents, injuries or fires resulting from this condition.

The Fix: Dealers will replace the current fuel tank shield with a shield with better insulating capability, install thermal patches on the fuel tank and parking brake cable, and install thermal wraps on the fuel vapor lines for free.

What Owners Should Do: Ford has not yet released an owner notification schedule. Owners can call Ford at 866-436-7332 for more information.

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Vehicles Affected: Approximately 393,000 model-year 2011-13 Ford Taurus and Flex vehicles, model-year 2011-13 Lincoln MKS and MKT vehicles, model-year 2011-12 Ford Fusion and Lincoln MKZ sedans, and model-year 2011 Mercury Milan sedans.  Only the following vehicles are affected: Ford Flex and Lincoln MKT vehicles built at the Oakville Assembly Plant from Sept. 7, 2010, to Feb. 28, 2012; Ford Fusion and Lincoln MKZ vehicles built at the Hermosillo Assembly Plant from Sept. 7, 2010, to Feb. 28, 2012; Mercury Milan vehicles built at the Hermosillo Assembly Plant from Sept. 7, 2010, to Dec. 10, 2010; and Ford Taurus and Lincoln MKS vehicles built at the Chicago Assembly Plant from Sept. 7, 2010, to Feb. 28, 2012.

The Problem: An electrical steering connection problem could cause the loss of electric power steering assist while driving. If this happens, the steering system defaults to manual steering mode, which makes the vehicle more difficult to steer and increases the risk of an accident. Ford said it is aware of four minor accidents that might be related to this condition, but no injuries.

The Fix: Dealers will either update software for the power steering control module or replace the steering gear for free.

What Owners Should Do: Ford has not yet released an owner notification schedule. Owners can call Ford at 866-436-7332 for more information.

Photo Credit: Ford