Ford said it will recall roughly three million vehicles for faulty Takata airbag inflators. It’s yet another issue with the Takata brand that that could ruptures. The recall will cost Ford approximately $610 million.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) ordered Ford to issue the recall. The NHTSA rejected the automaker’s 2017 petition to avoid the recall. The issue is related to driver-side airbag inflators. The defect can cause, in rare instances, airbag inflators to rupture. That could send potentially deadly metal fragments flying into the cabin. The Takata airbag problem has prompted the largest automotive recall in U.S. history. More than 67 million inflators across multiple makes and models have been recalled so far.
Worldwide, about 100 million inflators installed by 19 major automakers have now been recalled. The recall includes 2.7 million U.S. vehicles and about 300,000 in Canada. Ford will include the cost in their fourth-quarter results, it said in a regulatory filing.
The NHTSA also required Mazda to recall 5,800 airbag inflators in 2007-to-2009 B-Series vehicles. Takata inflators have resulted in at least 400 injuries and 27 deaths worldwide, so far. That includes 18 fatalities in the U.S., with two from previously recalled 2006 Ford Ranger trucks.
The Ford vehicles being recalled include various 2006-to-2012 Ranger, Fusion, Edge, Lincoln, Mercury Milan, and Lincoln MKX vehicles.
Last November, the NHTSA also rejected a petition filed by General Motors to avoid recalling 5.9 million U.S. vehicles with Takata airbags. GM said the callback covered seven million vehicles worldwide and would cost $1.2 billion.