The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has ordered Ford to withdraw the withdrawal for an annoying little problem that could potentially affect three million U.S.-based vehicles: the Takata airbag inflating could break, sending deadly metal fragments flying in passengers. It is estimated that it will affect the machines worth about 610 million dollars.
This defect “caused the largest car recall in US history” Reuters reports, with 67 million individual inflatable in 2.7 million U.S. vehicles. From a certain point of view, there are only (“only”) seizures of 100 million from 19 different car manufacturers worldwide.
And yes, Ford protests that it has not found enough evidence to issue a recall, but will “respect the NHTSA’s decision and withdraw the refusal.” The company also revealed that it is looking at a loss of $ 1.2 billion from this seizure alone.
Given this, the problem with Takata was connected up to 18 deaths in the United States alone. In one case, a driver in a car accident was killed after his airbag burst and then caught fire. In addition to the deaths, 400 drivers or passengers were injured as a result of these airbag failures, leaving some blinded or maimed. It seems to be a good enough reason to issue a recall without complaint.
Here are the cars that are recalled by CNN:
- 2007 to 2011 Ford Ranger
- 2006 to 2012 Ford Fusion
- 2006 to 2012. Lincoln Marshmallow
- 2007 to 2010 Ford Edge
- 2007 to 2010 Lincoln MKX
In addition, Mazda is required to withdraw 5,800 inflatable airbags through the B-Series pickups from 2007 to 2009. NHTSA also rejected a petition by General Motors seeking an exemption from the withdrawal of seven million Takata airbag vehicles.
Ford spokesman Monique Brentley noted that “unlike other parts of the Takata airbag that were previously withdrawn, these driver airbags contain moisture-absorbing [material] and are presented differently. ”
However, the NHTSA rejected all evidence presented by Ford, believing that these airbags deteriorated over time. In the end, he decided that “what Ford presents here, while valuable and informative in certain respects, suffers from too many shortcomings.”
You can enter your VIN number on NHTSA website to see if your car is included in the seizures.