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Ford Recalls 144,000 F-150 Trucks over Defective Air Bags, May Recall More

Posted on February 28, 2011

The Detroit News reports that discussions are underway between the Ford Motor Co. and federal safety regulators over the limited recall of the F-150 truck. Ford plans to recall about 144,000 F-150 pickups from model years 2005 and 2006 because of a defective air bag component that causes it to suddenly deploy.

However, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) sent a letter to the automaker on January 26, asking Ford to recall about 1.3 million vehicles because of a problem of the air bag defect it found in the 2004 to 2006 model years. In a letter it released on Wednesday, February 23, NHTSA reported that the number of sudden, inadvertent air bag deployments (269) has caused 98 injuries. The letter said NHTSA could conduct public hearings to compel a recall if Ford does not initiate one on its own.

The Detroit News reports that Ford claims its failure rate is 5.3 incidents per 100,000 vehicles while NHTSA believes the failure rate is closer to 20 per 100,000. The number for the F-150 is seven times higher than for the Ford Explorer or Mercury Mountaineer.

Ford points to problems at one of three plants assembling the F-150, the Norfolk, Virginia assembly plant, reports Bloomberg. Ford changed the airbag configuration in the F-150 after the 2006 model year. Ford pickup truck owners should begin to receive recall notices next week.

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