Ford Again Expands Takata Air Bag Recall to 1,000,000 Vehicles on Takata air bag recalls

The problem with mega suppliers with global customers such as Takata is large recalls for safety defects when something is amiss.

Ford Motor Company is issuing a new safety recall and is expanding a safety recall for another 953,000 Takata airbag inflators in North America. As part of the fourth forced expansion of vehicles included in Takata inflator recalls under the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s Takata coordinated remedy order, Ford is including its safety recall on vehicles with frontal airbag inflators after Takata declared those inflators defective.

This safety recall represents the addition of previously recalled vehicles to include more model years within the geographic zones defined earlier by National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The Ford recall number for this recall is 19S01. A total of approximately 953,000 vehicles have been added to this expansion, including 782,384 in the United States and federalized territories and 149,652 in Canada.

Affected Ford Motor 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

Ford claims it is not aware of any injuries associated with the passenger side frontal inflators included in this safety recall. Dealers will replace the passenger frontal airbag inflator or module at no cost to the customer as is required by U.S. law.

In an unrelated but also potentially deadly safety defect, Ford is recalling 2019 Ford EcoSport vehicles with an insufficient weld between the side member and A-bracket on the front seat back.

A seat back with an inadequate weld may have reduced strength that may not meet the seat back strength requirements of FMVSS 207/210, increasing the risk of injury in a crash. Ford is not aware of any accidents or injuries resulting from this condition.

This safety defect affects approximately 87 EcoSport vehicles in North America including 63 in the United States and federalized territories and 13 in Canada. The Ford reference number for this recall is 18C08. Dealers will replace front seats on affected vehicles with new seats.

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