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NHTSA Increases Takata Airbag Warning to Cover 7.8 Million Vehicles

Agency failed to account for Ford, Subaru in first alert.

by on Oct.22, 2014

Three Subaru models, including this 2003 Outback, were added to the recall warning list.

Federal safety regulators bungled their first attempt to warn owners of 7.8 million recalled vehicles equipped with airbags produced by Takata Corp. that they should bring their vehicles to dealers for immediate repair.

In an unprecedented move, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration issued an alert to vehicle owners that the airbags could explode causing injury and even death to vehicle occupants, particularly in areas with high humidity. Several phone calls to Takata by TheDetroitBureau were not returned.

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“Responding to these recalls, whether old or new, is essential to personal safety and it will help aid our ongoing investigation into Takata airbags and what appears to be a problem related to extended exposure to consistently high humidity and temperatures,” said NHTSA Deputy Administrator David Friedman in a statement. “However, we’re leaving no stone unturned in our aggressive pursuit to track down the full geographic scope of this issue.”


Ford Recalling 850,000 Vehicles

Electric issue may cause airbags, seatbelts to fail.

by on Sep.26, 2014

Ford recalled 850,000-plus vehicles, including the 2013 Escape for the 12th time, due to an electrical problem that could cause the airbags to fail.

Ford announced a recall of 850,000 2013 and 2014 model year vehicles because an electrical problem could, in extreme cases, cause the vehicles airbags and seatbelt to fail.

The action affects the Ford Fusion, Ford Escape, Ford C-Max and Lincoln MKZ. Of the 850,000-plus vehicles in the recall, 746,842 were sold in the U.S. The rest were in Canada and Mexico.

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The problem is with the restraints control module. It can develop a short that causes the airbag warning light to illuminate or the stability control stop working. However, depending upon where in the system the short develops, it could cause the airbags and the seatbelt pretensioners to falter during a collision. (more…)

Ford Recalling 150,000 F-150 Pickups

Airbags could deploy without warnings.

by on Feb.23, 2011

A potential airbag problem leads Ford to recall 2005-2006 F-150s.

Responding to concerns that their airbags could deploy without warnings, Ford has announced it will recall 150,000 F-150 full-size pickups.

The announcement comes as government investigators raised concerns about the potential problem – but the recall is significantly smaller than the 1.3 million vehicles that the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration had previously suggested.

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The airbag recall follows three weeks after Ford recalled 365,000 F-150 pickups due to a problem with potentially defective interior door handles that could result in a door opening during a crash.

The door handle problem involved trucks from the 2009 and 2010 model-years, while the latest recall impacts F-150 pickups built during the 2005 and 2006 model-years.  (The NHTSA had also wanted Ford to include trucks built during 2004.)