Ford has issued two safety recalls involving faulty airbags and tires that impacts 2.6 million vehicles in North America, including 275,000 in Canada. The Takata airbag issue has once again come back to bite a major automaker, with Ford being the most recent victim. The Takata airbag recall has already affected more than 42 million vehicles in the U.S. alone. Worldwide, the issue has been responsible for at least 26 deaths, according to the NHTSA. Here are the details of Ford’s most recent recalls.
The first recall involves Takata driver-side front airbags that could rupture. The other recall involves tires from Continental Tire of America that may be cured beyond specification. The airbag recall affects the following Ford models.
- 2006-to-12 Ford Fusion.
- 2007-to-2010 Ford Edge.
- 2007-to-2011 Ford Ranger.
- 2006-to-2011 Mercury Milan.
- 2006-to-2o12 Lincoln Zephyr/MKZ.
- 2007-to-2010 Lincoln MKX.
The airbags contain a calcium sulphate absorbing propellant that may degrade after long exposure to high humidity and temperatures. That could cause them to rupture during deployment.
While the condition could result in injury or death, Ford says they are not aware of any airbag ruptures in their vehicles. They claim these airbags contain moisture-absorbing desiccant and perform differently than previously recalled Takata parts. Ford had previously insisted a recall of their vehicles wasn’t necessary, and filed a petition to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to avoid one. However, the NHTSA denied their petition. Ford has since agreed to conduct the recall.
The second recall involves 19 tires from Continental Tire that can experience sudden air loss or tread loss from a break in the side wall. The recall affects 15,769 vehicles in the U.S., 3,082 in Canada, and 138 in Mexico. The following models are affected.
- 2018-to-2020 Ford F-250.
- 2018-to-2020 F-350.
- 2018 F-150.
- 2019 Ford Escape.
Anyone who owns one of the impacted vehicles should contact their local Ford dealership or visit Ford website for more information. You can also check your VIN on the NHTSA recall website to see if your vehicle is impacted by either of these recalls.