FREMONT – Ford is recalling more than 953,000 vehicles worldwide to replace Takata passenger air bag inflators that can explode and hurl shrapnel. The move includes 782,000 vehicles in the U.S. and is part of the largest series of recalls in U.S. history.
Included are the 2010 Ford Edge and Lincoln MKX, the 2010 and 2011 Ford Ranger, the 2010 to 2012 Ford Fusion and Lincoln MKZ, the 2010 and 2011 Mercury Milan, and the 2010 to 2014 Ford Mustang.
Some of the recalls may be limited to specific geographic areas of the U.S. At least 23 people have been killed worldwide by the inflators. Ford says it doesn’t know of any injuries in vehicles included in this recall. Dealerships will replace the inflators.
Takata uses the chemical ammonium nitrate to create an explosion to inflate air bags, but that chemical can deteriorate over time due to heat and humidity. When it does, it’s at a risk of exploding, blowing apart a metal canister within airbag systems which is designed to moderate the expansion of the gas under normal set off conditions.
Takata recalls are being phased in through 2020.