In the recent recall, Ford is planning to recall upwards of 953,000 vehicles due to the risk of injury. The automaker says the airbag inflator issue may occur on the passenger side.
The Takata inflators may spontaneously explode, shooting shrapnel throughout the vehicle. This due to the propellant degradation which can damage the structure of the airbag inflator There have been 23 reported deaths reported to date, due to the issue.
Ford urges consumers to take their vehicles to a Ford dealer to replace any faulty parts.
The Takata recalls deal with some 125 million vehicles worldwide that are equipped with faulty airbags that can explode on deployment, unleashing metal shrapnel into vehicle cabins. At least 42 million of the affected vehicles were sold in the United States.
So far, 23 deaths and hundreds of injuries have been linked to the faulty airbag inflators, most of which have occurred in the U.S.
The defect led Takata to file for bankruptcy protection in June, allowing it to sell its non-airbag inflator business to Key Safety Systems, a unit of China’s Ningo Joyson Electric Corp.
As of July, less than half of affected vehicles had been repaired.
In February, Ford issued a “stop driving” warning to 35,000 Ford ranger and Mazda B-Series owners.
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