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Ford Recalls Over 953,000 Vehicles To Replace Inflators That Could Explode

January 04, 2019 - 9:44 am

DETROIT (WWJ/AP) - Ford is recalling more than 953,000 vehicles worldwide to replace Takata passenger air bag inflators that could explode and hurl shrapnel.

The move includes 782,000 vehicles in the U.S., and is part of the largest series of recalls in U.S. history.

Included are the following U.S. vehicles:

  • 2010 Ford Edge and 2010 Lincoln MKX vehicles built at Oakville Assembly Plant, Nov. 28, 2008 to July 12, 2010
  • 2010-11 Ford Ranger vehicles built at Twin Cities, Aug. 14, 2008 to June 21, 2014
  • 2010-12 Ford Fusion, 2010-12 Lincoln MKZ and 2010-11 Mercury Milan vehicles built at Hermosillo Assembly Plant, July 3, 2008 to July 29, 2012
  • 2010-14 Ford Mustang vehicles built at Flat Rock Assembly Plant, June 8, 2009 to Dec. 16, 2011

While at least 23 people have been killed worldwide by the inflators, Ford says it doesn't know of any related injuries in vehicles included in this recall. 

Takata uses the chemical ammonium nitrate to create an explosion to inflate air bags. But it can deteriorate over time due to heat and humidity and explode with too much force, blowing apart a metal canister designed to contain the explosion.

Takata recalls are being phased in through 2020.

"These recalls for Takata airbags have been going on for years now," said Auto Analyst John McElroy, speaking live on WWJ Newsradio 950. "Part of the problem is there's so many vehicle involved that they've gotta manufacture millions more airbags than the ever planned to, and it's taking forever to get this done."

Another problem: "There's a lot of people out there, almost one-third of them, who have just ignored this recall," McElroy said. "Automakers have resorted to having contests, to creating apps, even having people going out knocking on doors to try to get people to...bring their car back to the dealer to get it fixed. So many people could not be bothered; they just don't care."

Ford says dealers will replace the airbag inflator or module at no cost to customers.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.