The move comes after On Tuesday, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration rejected Ford’s argument that this version of the airbags does not need to be replaced.
Although the Takata airbags used by Ford are different but similar to those involved in previous seizures, safety regulators said they still pose a risk.
Ford models included in the download
Models covered by the recall include the Ford Ranger from 2007 to 2011, the Ford Fusion from 2006 to 2012, the Lincoln Zephyr from 2006 to 2012, the Ford Edge from 2007 to 2010 and the Lincoln MKX from 2007 to 2010. Mazda’s towed vehicles are pickups from B series from 2007 to 2009
As a result of the NHTSA decision, Ford will cost $ 610 million to replace the airbags. Due to the bankruptcy of Takata, Ford bears all costs.
“Safety is always a top priority,” said Ford spokesman Monique Brentley. “Unlike other parts of the Takata airbag that have previously been withdrawn, these driver airbags contain moisture-absorbing [material] and are presented differently. We believe that our extensive data show that the safety withdrawal is not justified for the driver’s airbag. However, we respect the NHTSA decision and will issue a recall. “
The severity of the consequence
However, NHTSA officials said that airbags become more and more subject to failure over time and that the “severity of the consequences” for passengers and drivers when the rupture of the inflatable valves is too severe. “What Ford presents here, while valuable and informative in certain respects, suffers from too many shortcomings,” the agency wrote in its decision.