For the people who work at Takata, today is a no-good, very bad day. Just as we finished writing up half a dozen new Takata-related recalls posted by National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Ford Motor Company published a massive new recall of its own.
How massive? All told, it affects nearly 1.9 million Ford, Lincoln, and Mercury vehicles in North America.
Like the recalls we covered earlier this morning, Ford's recall is meant to replace the inflators on passenger-side frontal airbags. As we've previously reported, the problem with those inflators is that they use ammonium nitrate to deploy airbags, and unfortunately ammonium nitrate can easily become destabilized, especially in the presence of heat and humidity.
Unstable ammonium nitrate is very, very bad news. It's been used as an explosive, most notably in the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing, which is why the compound is now regulated by federal agencies. In Takata's case, destabilized ammonium nitrate has caused airbags to explode upon deployment, spraying vehicle occupants with hot shrapnel. The devices have been linked to at least 11 deaths and hundreds of injuries worldwide.
Today's Ford recall affects the following makes and models:
- 2007-2010 Ford Edge
- 2006-2011 Ford Fusion
- 2005-2011 Ford Mustang
- 2007-2011 Ford Ranger
- 2007-2010 Lincoln MKX
- 2006-2011 Lincoln MKZ
- 2006-2011 Lincoln Zephyr
- 2006-2011 Mercury Milan
The recall affects a total of 1,898,728 vehicles, including 1,896,443 registered in the U.S., 1,304 in Canada, and one in Mexico. Ford says that no injuries have been linked to passenger-side devices in any of the models affected by today's recall, though the driver of a Ford Ranger was killed by a Takata driver-side airbag back in December.
Owners of cars and trucks included in today's recall will receive notice by mail, instructing them to take their vehicles to Ford and Lincoln dealerships for service. Dealers will replace passenger-side airbag inflators at no charge.
If believe that you own one of these vehicles and have further questions, you're encouraged to contact Ford customer service at 800-392-3673 or visit the owner's section of Ford.com, where you can enter your Vehicle Identification Number to search for recalls affecting your car or truck.