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Ford Expands Takata Airbag Recall to Include GT and Mustang
List of Takata Airbag Recalled Vehicles Grows to Over 1.5 Million
It seems that the Takata airbag recall list is getting longer and longer and recently, Ford announced that they were expanding the safety recall on vehicles that have certain Takata airbag inflators after Takata declared that those inflators are defective. This brings the total number of Ford vehicles recalled for Takata airbag inflators to 1,509,535 vehicles to date.
The recall comes after Takata’s notification to the U.S. NHTSA last week that certain of its airbag inflators have been deemed defective. The recall affects several automakers across the industry but on the blue oval side, it’s affecting S197 Mustangs as well as the Ford GT.
The recall affects 2005-2014 Ford Mustangs built at the Flat Rock Assembly Plant in Michigan due to defective driver side airbag inflators. The Recall was also issued for 2005-2006 Ford GT vehicles built at the Wixom Assembly Plant in Michigan siting the same driver side airbag inflator’s defect.
Back in November of 2014, Ford said they were aware of one airbag deployment that might be related to the issue, in which a driver’s leg was injured by a metal fragment when the airbag deployed after a crash. Ford has not seen any other inflator ruptures on Ford vehicles in the field or in testing to date.
A total of 1,490,764 vehicles in North America are now affected by this expanded recall, including 1,380,604 in the United States and federalized territories, 93,207 in Canada and 16,953 in Mexico. It’s worth mentioning that dealers will replace the airbag inflator at no cost to the customer.
For more information on what other Ford vehicles are affected by the recall, please visit: www.ford.com