NHTSA Orders Ford to Recall Three Million Vehicles Due to Defective Airbags
USA - A news story reports that Ford Motor Company is being ordered to recall approximately 3 million motor vehicles due to potentially defective airbag inflators. According to Ford's filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission, the recall will cost the Ford Motor Company about $610 million.
According to several news sources, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) denied the Ford Motor Company's 2017 petition to evade the airbag inflator recall. According to NHTSA, the recalled Ford vehicles are equipped with potentially deadly airbags that were produced by Takata. In the NHTSA's decision, there is evidence that affirms the airbag inflators' significant safety risk.
The vehicles affected by the airbag recall include:
- Ford Ranger, model years 2007-2011;
- Ford Fusion, model years 2006-2012;
- Ford Edge, model years 2007-2010;
- Lincoln MKZ/Zephyr, model years 2006-2012;
- Lincoln MKX, model years 2007-2010;
- and the Mercury Milan, model years 2006-2011.
The airbag inflator defect involves the inflators rupturing when activated and shooting life-threatening metal fragments toward the occupants in the motor vehicle. According to Reuters, 18 people in the United States have died from the defect.
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