Ford recalls 953,000 cars for inflator risk

Ford recalls 953,000 cars for inflator risk

This latest announcement from Ford covers passenger-side front airbag inflators, and includes additional model years that were not previously recalled.

"Millions of vehicles from nearly every auto maker are being recalled to replace faulty Takata airbag inflators", the company said on its website.

The move includes 782,000 vehicles in the USA, and is part of the largest series of recalls in US history.

2010-12 Ford Fusion, 2010-12 Lincoln MKZ and 2010-11 Mercury Milan vehicles built at Hermosillo Assembly Plant in Mexico between July 3, 2008, to July 29, 2012.

The Associated Press reports that the recall includes 782,000 vehicles in the US, making it one of the largest series of recalls in USA history. The company added the recalls could be limited to specific geographical areas.

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The devices use ammonium nitrate to inflate the airbag in the event of a crash. Dealers will replace the inflators.

Takata air bags can potentially explode and hurl shrapnel when deployed due to exposure from heat and humidity.

You can find a list of the Ford vehicles effected by this recall listed below. Ford has previously agreed to pay $300 million to settle consumers' economic loss claims connected to the Takata recall.

The report says 16.7 million faulty inflators out of 50 million under recall have yet to be replaced. "Takata has determined that propellant degradation can rupture the airbag inflator". Also, Honda recalled 1.4 million vehicles in September, months ahead of schedule.

The inflators grow more unsafe as they get older because ammonium nitrate deteriorates due to high humidity and cycles from hot temperatures to cold.

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