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Ford will recall 3 million vehicles for airbag problems, after losing fight with safety regulator

January 22, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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A Ford Ranger Wildtrak compact pickup by the Ford Motor Co. sits on display during the second press day of the Geneva International Motor Show in Geneva, Switzerland, on Wednesday, March 2, 2011. The international auto show is held at the Geneva Palexpo and runs from March 3 -13. Photographer: Adrian Moser/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Ford is recalling 3 million US and Canadian vehicles with airbags manufactured by the same company whose devices have been linked to at least 18 deaths in the United States.

New York (CNN Business)Ford is recalling 3 million US and Canadian vehicles with airbags manufactured by the same company whose devices have been linked to at least 18 deaths in the United States.

The move comes after the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration on Tuesday rejected Ford's argument that this version of the airbags didn't need to be replaced.

The recall centers on a defect in airbags made by Takata, a now-bankrupt Japanese manufacturer.

Recalls linked to the Takata airbags began in 2014, and, in aggregate, ultimately became the largest auto recall in history.

Prior to this week's announcement, the US portion of the recall had already reached 67 million airbags in more than 40 million vehicles.

Although the Takata airbags used by Ford are a different but similar version from those involved in the previous recalls, safety regulators said they still pose a risk.

Ford models included in the recall

The models covered by the recall include the 2007 to 2011 Ford Ranger, the 2006 to 2012 Ford Fusion, the 2006 to 2012 Lincoln Zephyr, the 2007 to 2010 Ford Edge and the 2007 to 2010 Lincoln MKX.

Ford will repair the airbags, and vehicle owners will not be charged.

It will cost Ford $610 million to replace the airbags as a result of NHTSA's decision.

"Unlike other Takata passenger-side airbag parts previously under recall, these driver-side airbags contain a moisture-absorbing [material] and perform differently.

We believe our extensive data demonstrated that a safety recall was not warranted for the driver-side airbag.

NHTSA officials, however, said the airbags become more subject to malfunction over time, and that the "severity of the consequences" to passengers and drivers when the inflators rupture was too serious.

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