Ford Motor Co. has added nearly a million vehicles to its Takata airbag recall over concerns the devices could rupture with lethal force.
The latest Takata airbag recall expansion, announced by Ford on Friday, Jan. 4, covers more than 953,000 Ford and Lincoln vehicles worldwide, including 782,384 vehicles in the U.S, and an additional 149,652 in Canada.
According to Ford’s announcement, the recall affects the following Ford, Lincoln, and Mercury vehicles:
- Ford Edge, 2010, built at Oakville Assembly Plant
- Lincoln MKX, 2010 built at Oakville Assembly Plant
- Ford Ranger, 2010 and 2011 built at the Twin Cities Assembly Plant
- Ford Fusion, 2010 to 2012 built at the Hermosillo Assembly Plant
- Lincoln MKZ, 2010 to 2012 built at the Hermosillo Assembly Plant
- Mercury Milan, 2010 and 2011 built at the Hermosillo Assembly Plant
- Ford Mustang, 2010 to 2014 built at Flat Rock Assembly Plant
Ford says owners of these vehicles should schedule a repair at their Ford dealership. Mechanics will replace the passenger-side front airbag inflator or module free of charge.
The automaker says it is not aware of any injuries associated with the Takata airbags in this group of recalled vehicles. However, the potential for malfunction exists in every airbag made by Takata, and the problem worsens the longer the vehicle is exposed to humidity, high heat, and heat fluctuations – all of which causes the ammonium nitrate propellant in the airbag to degrade.
Takata airbags have been blamed for 23 deaths worldwide and about 300 injuries, mostly in the U.S. and Malaysia. All of the known Takata airbag fatalities have occurred in Honda and Acura vehicles with the exception of two deadly malfunctions in Ford Ranger pickup trucks.
On Dec. 22, 2015, Joel Knight, 52, of Kershaw, South Carolina, was killed by an exploding Takata airbag in his 2006 Ford Ranger.
On July 1, 2017, West Virginia resident Steve Mollohan, 56, was killed by a Takata airbag explosion in his Ford pickup, also a 2006 Ford Ranger.