On Friday, Ford extended its recall of vehicles that have faulty airbags from the supplier Takata to include almost one million more vehicles that were sold in Canada and the United States. According to the carmaker, almost 953,000 vehicles are going to need a replacement airbag inflator. Investigators have determined that the safety device could inflate improperly, which could send shrapnel into the occupants during a crash. Currently, these faulty inflators have been the cause of 15 confirmed deaths within the United States. Federal investigators confirmed these deaths in December of 2018.
Affected vehicles from Ford include the 2010 Lincoln MKX and the 2010 Ford Edge. These vehicles were built between November 28, 2008, and July 12 of 2010. Along with such, Ford Ranger pickup trucks that were built between August 14, 2008, and June 21 of 2014 are included, as well as Ford Fusions, Lincoln MKZs and Mercury Milan vehicles that were built between July 3 of 2008 and July 29 of 2012.
Ford Mustangs built between June of 2009 and December of 2011 are also in the recall.
The newest added vehicles are part of the world’s largest recall throughout automotive history. In fact, it spans over 65 million vehicles sold worldwide.
Currently, the recalls are prioritized and categorized based on their location and vehicle type. For example, humidity and high heat can cause the airbag to explode when it is deployed, so customers with affected vehicles in warm climates are likely notified first.
On a separate but still severe note, a separate recall was instigated for 2019 Ecosport crossover vehicles on Friday. The recall is for faulty welds in the front seats, which could increase the injury risk during a crash. It is reported that 87 of these vehicles are affected. While no injuries have been reported, dealers can replace the seats free of charge.