NHTSA Investigates Ford F-150 Airbag Malfunction

January 22, 2010
Toyota is not the only truck maker with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) poking around in their business (see earlier post HERE on the recent Toyota Tundra recall). NHTSA has turned its investigative eye toward Ford in relation to reports of airbag malfunction in the F-150 pickup.

Our colleagues at PickupTrucks.com recently reported that NHTSA has opened an investigation into reports of spontaneous deployment of the driver's side front airbag in 2004-2006 Ford F-150 pickups. They indicated that 1.56 million vehicles could be affected by the investigation.

PickupTrucks.com quoted a NHTSA investigation summary, indicating that the unintentional airbag deployment is most likely a result of a sharp edge on the airbag's horn mounting plate. Apparently, the sharp edge can chafe an airbag wire, leading to an electrical short and spontaneous airbag deployment.

A Ford representative told PickupTrucks.com that the company was fully cooperating with NHTSA in the investigation. He also stated that it was too early to tell whether a recall would be necessary.

Stay tuned to AllPickupTrucks.com for further news on the F-150 airbag investigation.  

[Source: AllPickupTrucks.com, PickupTrucks.com]

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