Ford Urged By US Agency To Recall 3 Million Vehicles Over Takata Airbags
FORD – Ford Motor Co. was urged by the U.S. auto safety regulator to recall 3 million vehicles over potentially defective Takata air bags.
According to ABS-CBN News The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) said that it denied petitions filed by Ford and Mazda Motor Corp where the automakers sought to avoid recalling vehicles that have potentially dangerous inflators.
The said decision will also require Mazda to recall and repair driver air bags in about 5,800 vehicles. The recalls cover various vehicles from 2006 to 2012 model years.
The said defect, which leads in rare instances to air bag inflators rupturing and sending possible deadly metal fragments flying, urged the largest automotive recall in U.S. history of over 67 million inflators.
About 100 million inflators installed by 19 major automakers worldwide have been recalled, based on the report.
Takata inflators or airbags led to the deaths of at least 27 people worldwide and 18 in the US. It also injured at about 400 people.
Among the vehicles that will be recalled include Ford’s Ranger, Fusion, Edge, Lincoln Zephyr/MKZ, Mercury Milan and Lincoln MKX vehicles, along with Mazda’s 2007–2009 model year B-Series vehicles.