Ford Ordered to Recall 3 Million Vehicles Due to Potentially Deadly Airbag Defect

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Posted: January 26, 2021

Years after the largest auto recall in U.S. and world history saw tens of millions of vehicles recalled due to faulty airbags, Ford is recalling three million more vehicles.

CNN.com reports that Ford is recalling the vehicles in the U.S. and Canada for the same reason that automakers recalled the previous vehicles – potentially deadly airbags. The announcement comes after the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration rejected Ford’s contention that its airbags were sufficiently dissimilar to those that had suffered a deadly defect which resulted in at least 18 deaths.

The defect caused the airbags to inflate too violently, causing them to explode or rip from their housing and pelt victims with shrapnel. The defective airbags were especially prone to this malfunction after they had been exposed to humid conditions.

This is not the first time that the NHTSA has rejected an auto manufacturer’s plea that its vehicles should be spared a recall. CNN reports that General Motors made a similar claim to Ford's, that its Takata airbags were not sufficiently similar to the problem airbags to warrant a recall. But in November the NHTSA rejected GM’s claim, foreshadowing its Ford ruling.

Recalled Ford vehicles include multiple models years from 2007 to 2012. Owners can visit this website to check whether their cars fall under the recall.

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