Faced with mounting government pressure, Ford Motor Co. has agreed to recall 1.2 million F-150 trucks and 16,000 Lincoln Mark LT pickups. The number is in addition to the 135,000 trucks that Ford recalled in February for the same problem: sudden, unexpected air bag deployment. Ford is also recalling 89,000 trucks in Canada and 47,000 in Mexico.
The recall is for certain models from 2004-2006, which the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) had been investigating. Their investigation found at least 269 cases of sudden air bag deployments, resulting in 98 injuries. The investigators determined “if the clockspring jumper wire comes in contact with the driver side frontal air bag lower horn plate, the wire insulation may become chafed, creating a potential for a short circuit. If this occurs the air bag warning lamp may illuminate indicating that service is required.”
Or, the air bag could inadvertently deploy, a problem which has resulted in chipped teeth, fractured arms, and burns. It could also result in the loss of vehicle control. So, the recall has been implemented.
Ford will notify owners and instruct them further on where to get the free repairs performed. Or owners may contact the customer relationship center at 1-866-436-1332. Click here to see the NHTSA’s official notification.