Ford Expands Takata Air Bag Recall to 800k Vehicles

Ford Motor Company announced yesterday that it will expand a recall of vehicles equipped with Takata air bags by more than 800,000, taking the total number of cars, trucks and SUVs recalled by Ford due to defective Takata air bags to over 3 million.

Ford’s expansion of the Takata recall covers the 2005-2009 and 2012 Ford Mustang, 2005-2006 Ford GT, 2006-2009 and 2012 Ford Fusion, 2007-2009 Ford Ranger and Ford Edge, 2006-2009 and 2012 Lincoln Zephyr and Lincoln MKZ, 2007-2009 Lincoln MKX and 2006-2009 Mercury Milan. Of the recalled vehicles, 654,695 are located in the U.S. and its territories while another 161,174 are in Canada.

This recent Ford Takata air bag recall affects passenger side air bags. Takata air bags contain inflators that are prone to explode or fail, especially when exposed to high heat or humidity, and could send shrapnel flying through the vehicle cabin. Ford said it will replace the defective air bags free of charge.

Prior to Tuesday’s announcement, Ford had recalled nearly 2.3 million vehicles in the past year related to possible Takata air bag defects.

Takata has acknowledged that it failed to alert the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration of the defect despite knowing about it and said that data submitted to the agency about the defect since at least 2009 was “selective, incomplete or inaccurate,” according to the agency.