You’d be forgiven for thinking that the era of recalls over Takata airbags was over. However, that’s not the case. This week, Ford announced that it will be recalling thousands more vehicles over airbag concerns stemming from, you guessed it, Takata.
The recalled vehicles, which include over 150,000 Ford vehicles, were previously fitted with theft or collision repair and installed with now-recalled Takata airbags. For those who may have missed the never-ending saga of Takata’s bottomless recall, the prominent airbag manufacturer was using a faulty mechanism to inflate airbags that could result in an explosion of shrapnel that could maim or kill passengers.
Somehow, Ford managed to overlook these thousands of Takata airbags that were still in vehicles on the roads. Investigations into Takata over the last decade showed that their airbags could experience a flaw that resulted in them sending metal shrapnel into the cab of a vehicle when being inflated. This was a massive scandal and, in fact, led to the disgrace and closure of the Japanese manufacturer. Several top executives from the company have faced serious criminal charges for their role in the QA breakdown that led to the airbag failures.
The airbag recall includes a wide range of vehicles, including Ford Mustangs from 2005-2014, Ford Rangers from 2004-2011, Ford Fusions from 2008-2012, Ford Edges from 2007-2010 and several other related vehicles that Ford provides recall notices for. Registered drivers of these vehicles should keep an eye out for a notice about the recall from Ford in the mailbox.
Meanwhile, the company has also issued a recall on a much more recent vehicle. The 2021 Ford Bronco Sport is also being recalled for issues relating to its rear suspension. Ford issued a statement regarding the recall, “Affected 2021 Ford Bronco Sport vehicles were produced with rear suspension modules that may not be fully secured to the subframe. Rear suspension modules with loose or missing bolts may affect the vehicle’s stability, increasing risk of an accident, and may result in reduced rear-impact crash performance, increasing the risk of injury. ”
Just over 1,600 vehicles are affected by this recall, a small percentage of the number of Bronco Sport vehicles that have been sold. The vehicles in question were assembled from July 22 to Nov. 24, 2020 at the Hermosillo Stamping and Assembly Plant in Mexico.
The company confirmed that it is not aware of any accidents or injuries that have occurred as a result of this rear suspension issue. Dealers will replace or repair the affected vehicles as needed.