Earlier today, we reported on Fiat Chrysler Automobiles' expansion of recalls to replace Takata-brand airbags installed in select Chrysler, Dodge, and Mitsubishi vehicles. But FCA isn't the only car company enlarging its recall roster: Ford Motor Company has gotten in on the act, too.
As we mentioned previously, these expansions stem from Takata's long-overdue agreement to replace airbags -- both driver-side and passenger-side -- on vehicles from coast-to-coast. Previously, the supplier had insisted that recalls should be limited to vehicles registered in areas with high-humidity, because humidity appears to be the determining factor in whether Takata's airbags explode on impact. At least six deaths and dozens of injuries have been linked to the devices.
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In other words, the expansion is a little complicated. Here are the vehicles now included in Ford's recall:
- Driver-side airbag inflators will be replaced on 2005-2014 Ford Mustang vehicles built at Flat Rock Assembly Plant and 2005-2006 Ford GT vehicles built at Wixom Assembly Plant;
- Passenger-side airbag inflators will be replaced on 2004 Ford Rangers built in North America at Edison Assembly Plant and 2004-2006 Ford Rangers built at Twin Cities Assembly.
With these additions, Ford's Takata-related recalls now affect 1,490,764 vehicles in North America. By far, the largest portion of those -- 1,380,604 -- are registered in the U.S. Another 93,207 are registered in Canada, and 16,953 in Mexico. Ford knows of one incident in which a Takata airbag installed on one of its vehicles may have injured a driver's leg upon deployment.
If you own one of the models listed above and want to know if your car or truck is included in this expanded recall, visit www.Ford.com, click "safety recalls" at the bottom of the page, and run a search using your vehicle identification number or VIN. That will tell you for sure whether your vehicle is subject to any recalls at all -- including those that have nothing to do with Takata airbags.
If your vehicle is affected by this recall, you'll receive a notice by mail, after which you'll be able to take your car or truck to a Ford dealer, who will replace the airbag inflator free of charge.