Ford Motor Co. is recalling approximately 150,000 F-150 pickup trucks from the 2005-2006 model years in the United States and Canada. According to NPR, the Ford trucks are being recalled due to the risk of air bags deploying without warning.
Although Ford claims the risk of accidental air bag deployment to be “relatively low”, the government has urged the automaker to recall 1.3 million F-150s from the 2004-2006 model years. The government’s sense of urgency stems from complaints of 98 injuries from air bags deploying inadvertently. The recall is also being closely monitored since Ford’s F-Series pickup truck is the bestselling vehicle in the United States.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is evaluating the recall and Ford’s F-150s to determine if the scope of the recall is too limited. The Ford F-Series pickup truck recall is expected to begin in early March and owners will be informed to take their trucks to dealers for repairs.
Over the last ten years, Ford has recalled more than 10 million vehicles, including the F-Series pickup, to fix a cruise control switch system that was connected to engine fires. Ford has also recalled over 600,000 Windstar minivans in the U.S. and Canada since August to repair rear axles that can corrode and fracture.
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