Despite being the subject of some of the biggest recalls in automotive history, it seems the saga of the defective Takata airbags refuses to end. Ford recently announced it would recall about three million vehicles, including 2.7 million vehicles in the United States, due to issues with the inflators in Takata airbags. Ford had fought against pressure from federal regulators to issue a recall, but the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) ruled against them in January 2021.
Defective Takata airbags are known to have caused at least 27 deaths worldwide, including 18 deaths in the U.S., as well as about 400 injuries. If you suspect you’ve been injured due to a defective airbag, contact the Texas defective vehicle accident lawyers at the Tate Law Offices, P.C.
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Recent Airbag Recall
While there have been numerous prior recalls of vehicles with Takata airbags, the most recent action does not involve any vehicles subject to previous recalls. In a public filing, Ford said about 2.7 million vehicles of the roughly three million vehicles that will be recalled are in the U.S.
Vehicles affected by the recall include:
- 2007-2011 Ford Ranger
- 2006-2012 Ford Fusion
- 2007-2010 Ford Edge
- 2007-2010 Lincoln MKX
- 2006-2012 Lincoln MKZ/Zephyr
- 2006-2011 Mercury Milan
Mazda is also expected to recall B-Series pickup trucks from 2007-2009 since the company used to be owned by Ford, and those trucks may have had Takata airbags.
Dangers of Takata Airbags
According to information from the NHTSA and other sources, the main danger of Takata airbags is that they can explode when deployed. The airbags may explode if the propellant used to inflate them in an emergency degrades over time due to high heat and humidity.
Ford had argued there was not enough evidence to suggest the inflators were degrading at a rate that could cause a problem, but regulators disagreed. According to the NHTSA, around 67 million Takata airbags have been recalled in order to replace potentially dangerous parts.
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