Phoebe Wall Howard Detroit Free Press
Published 10:45 AM EST Jan 4, 2019
Ford Motor Co. issued a recall on Friday of nearly 1 million vehicles in North America with a risk of flying shrapnel caused by exploding Takata airbag inflators.
The latest action involves more than 953,000 Ford vehicles worldwide –including 782,384 in the U.S. and federalized territories and 149,652 in Canada.
Seven Ford and Lincoln vehicles are named in the recall:
* Ford Edge, 2010, built in Oakville
* Lincoln MKX, 2010 built in Oakville
* Ford Ranger, 2010 and 2011 built in the Twin Cities
* Ford Fusion, 2010 to 2012 built in the Hermosillo Assembly Plant
* Lincoln MKZ, 2010 to 2012 built in the Hermosillo Assembly Plant
* Mercury Milan, 2010 and 2011 built in the Hermosillo Assembly Plant
* Ford Mustang, 2010 to 2014 built in Flat Rock
Ford urges consumers to get their vehicles to dealers as soon as possible for replacement. They will replace the passenger frontal airbag inflator or module at no cost.
Ford said it has no reports of injuries involving their vehicles. But at least 23 people have officially documented injuries caused by Takata airbags, which led to one of the largest recalls in history involving multiple car-makers.
The Takata airbags, which are intended to prevent or reduce injury upon impact, use the chemical ammonium nitrate to create an explosion that causes inflation. But heat and humidity damage the integrity of the system and cause it to deteriorate and explode with too much force, blowing apart a metal canister designed to contain the explosion.
Unrelated to Takata bags, Ford also issued a safety recall on certain 2019 Ford Ecosport vehicles because the front seats haven’t been welded properly and may come loose.
“A seat back with an inadequate weld may have reduced strength … potentially increasing the risk of injury in a crash,” Ford said in its release.
Ford is not aware of any accidents or injuries resulting from this condition.
The recall impacts about 87 EcoSport vehicles in North America including 63 in the U.S. and federalized territories and 13 in Canada. Ford dealers will replace front seats on affected vehicles with new seats.
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