One of the latest developments in the auto industry comes from the Ford Motor Company that is issuing two safety recalls in North America:
- Safety recall for select vehicles that may have had obsolete Takata service parts installed in a collision and theft repairs after the Takata recall was completed
Ford has lost track of numerous old Takata air-bags, which may explode and hurl shrapnel, so it recalls more than 153,000 Rangers in the United States. Ford can not find 45 obsolete airbags that may have been installed in some old Ranger pickup trucks. The company says that faulty airbags were not cleared from the stock of service parts and could have been used in crash or theft fixes. This recall covers just over 153,000 Rangers from the 2004 through 2006 model years.
In another investigation by Ford, 1,117 vehicles that received collision or theft repairs may also have used the obsolete Takata airbag module after its recall was completed, including 1,067 vehicles in the U.S. and federal territories, 49 in Canada and one in Mexico. The models affected by the recall include:
- 2004-11 Ford Ranger
- 2005-14 Ford Mustang
- 2006 Ford GT
- 2008-12 Ford Fusion
- 2009-11 Mercury Milan
- 2010-12 Lincoln MKZ
- 2007-10 Ford Edge
- 2007-10 Lincoln MKX
Ford announced it's not informed of any crashes or injuries induced by the query. The company said it's investigating the vehicles at the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration request. Dealers will inspect the driver or passenger airbag units and replace them if necessary. Owners will be notified starting March 8, 2021.
Safety recall for 1,666 Ford Bronco Sport vehicles
The company is also recalling 1,666 of its 2021 Bronco Sport vehicles due to rear suspension modules that may not be correctly attached.
"Affected 2021 Ford Bronco Sport vehicles were produced with rear suspension modules that may not be fully secured to the subframe," the automaker said in a news release. "Rear suspension modules with loose or missing bolts may affect the vehicle's stability, increasing the risk of an accident, and may result in reduced rear-impact crash performance, increasing the risk of injury. "
As part of corrective measures, Ford Dealers will confirm the proper placement of the rear suspension bolts and replace them, if necessary.
The recall impacts 1,640 vehicles in the U.S. and federal territories, 24 in Canada and two in Mexico. The cars were built in Mexico at Hermosillo Stamping and Assembly Plant from July 22 to Nov. 24, 2020. The Ford reference number for this recall is 21S04.