Regional Ford Airbag Recall Expanded To 13,000 More Vehicles

Ford is expanding its regional recall of vehicles equipped with Takata passenger-side airbag inflators, especially those sold new in the more humid regions of the U.S. and American territories.

The problem: Takata, a global supplier of automotive safety systems and products, has had issues with a driver-side air bag inflator, which could explode and shoot out metal fragments, injuring vehicle occupants.

Affected models: the recall covers several models, including:

  • Certain 2004-2005 Ford Rangers built at Edison Assembly Plant from August 12, 2003 to March 1, 2004
  • Certain 2004-2005 Ford Rangers built at Twin Cities Assembly Plant from May 21, 2003 to May 4, 2005
  • Certain 2005-2006 Ford GTs built at Wixom Assembly Plant from February 11, 2005 to January 30, 2006

These vehicles were originally sold, or registered, in the following states:

  • Florida
  • Hawaii
  • Puerto Rico
  • U.S. Virgin Islands

Per NHTSA’s request, the recall includes vehicles in some areas of Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, Texas, Guam, Saipan, and American Samoa.

Number of affected models: the Ford airbag recall includes approximately 38,500 vehicles in the United States and federalized territories − roughly an additional 13,000 vehicles more the original recall. This brings the total number of Takata-equipped Ford vehicles being recalled in the region to approximately 98,000.

The fix: dealers will replace the airbag inflator at no cost to the customer.

Contact: owners can contact Ford at 1-800-392-3673 or their local dealers with questions about the Ford airbag recall.

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