Ford F-150 Airbag Recall May Be Expanded

  • Written by: Staff Writers

Federal regulators and Ford Motor Company are in negotiations over whether to expand a Ford F-150 airbag recall that was first issued in February. 

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has said that as many as 1.3 million vehicles could ultimately be affected by the F-150 recall, which was initially limited to about 144,000 trucks. Ford has reportedly resisted a recall of that scope to date. The two sides are currently in talks over whether the recall should be expanded and by how many vehicles.

The original recall affected 2005 and 2006 model year Ford F-150s that may contain a defect that allows an airbag wire to rub against the horn plate’s metal edges. This creates a risk of a short circuit that can cause the airbags to deploy unexpectedly, potentially causing injury or an auto accident.

The problem has been under investigation by the NHTSA since 2009. In January, the agency sent a letter to Ford urging a recall of 1.3 million vehicles. But Ford has rejected classifying the problem as a defect, and only recalled 144,000, saying that it did so to avoid a dispute with the NHTSA.

To date, the NHTSA says it has reports of 269 unexpected Ford F-150 airbag deployments, one accident and 98 injuries.  Those injuries have included bone fractures, burns and damage to teeth. NHTSA officials say that unless Ford addresses the problem more aggressively, the number of incidents will steadily increase over time.

The automaker said that the agency’s demands lacked common sense and said that drivers were at little risk because of a safety warning light that comes on before the airbag deploys. Ford officials have said that the only drivers who appear to be at risk are those who ignore warning lights.

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  1. Matthew Reply

    I was in an accident with my 2005 ford f-150 lariat truck on 09/02/2017. Despite massive damage to the front the truck the driver air bag did not deploy. I received a fractured C6 in my neck. How many more of these defective units are still on the road? Is ford doing anything to resolve this issue? My next purchase will not be a ford motor company product. I am out of work for at least a month. I am looking to join any class action suit,not just for compensation,but for safety to the public.

  2. Chris Reply

    I hit black Ice on highway 44 and after a few 360 rotations I hit the guard rail, the right front bumper & fender on my 2003 F150 took the bulk of the damage. I hit the rail about 50 mph and my airbag never deployed. I did suffer whiplash.

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