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.