Ford Motor Company (F) Heeds U.S. Regulator for Additional Takata Driver-Side Air Bag Recall

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Ford Motor Company (NYSE:F) announced on Thursday that it will implement an additional recall of old Mustang cars with defective Takata driver-side air bags with inflators in accordance with a directive from the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. A total of 502,500 vehicles will be covered by the expanded recall.

Although Ford Motor Company (NYSE:F) vehicles have not been involved so far with injuries or deaths from accidents linked to defective Takata air bags, data from Consumer Reports indicate that about a hundred thousand injuries and four deaths resulted from the faulty device, the most terrible of which reports metal shards from a ruptured inflator housing puncturing the face and neck of a driver.  Recalls of vehicles with the faulty Takata air bag system has first been focused on areas with high humidity, but has now been expanded beyond such areas. Vehicles affected withe the recall order are from model years 2002 t0 2008.

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Ford Motor Company (NYSE:F) vehicles to be recalled will be as follows:

  • 500,439 units of Ford Mustang model years 2005 to 2008, built at the Flat Rock Assembly Plant from August 18, 2004 to June 25, 2007.
  • 2,050 units of sports vehicle Ford GT model years 2005 to 2006, built at Wixom Assembly Plant from February 11, 2005 to January 30, 2006.

The recall will cover 462,911 vehicles registered in the U.S and its territories, 27,516 vehicles registered in Canada, 7,578 vehicles registered in Mexico, and 4,484 vehicles registered outside of North America. Ford Motor Company (NYSE:F) is just one among the automakers asked by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to issue recalls on account of faulty Takata air bags. The other car makers asked by the U.S. regulator  include Honda Motor Co Ltd (ADR) (NYSE:HMC), Mazda Motor Corp, Nissan Motor Co Ltd (ADR), Toyota Motor Corp (ADR) (NYSE:TM), and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV (NYSE:FCAU).

This article has been written by Nonito Guntan.

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