As of 2017, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reported that over 1.5-million Ford vehicles, including Lincoln and Mercury are subject to recall due to defective and potentially deadly airbags manufactured by the Takata Corporation, which have already claimed several lives and resulted in hundreds of serious injuries. This is a direct consequence of the nationwide Ford Takata Airbag Recall, which so far, along with the recalls of several other auto manufacturers, affects approximately 42-million vehicles, making it the largest recall in U.S history. It is estimated that the number of vehicles affected will jump to approximately 90-million vehicle’s by the year 2020!
The Ford airbags that are being recalled are due to Takata’s unsafe use of ammonium nitrate, a chemical compound commonly used in explosive devices which, after exposure to moisture in areas with high heat, can destabilize over time and explode, sending metal shrapnel into the vehicle (even in minor accidents). Coupled with a defective design in the metal housing chamber, this creates a very serious safety issue that can result in blindness, wounds, lacerations, disfigurement, and even death.
Ford initiated recalls in 2014 and has continued to add thousands of vehicles to the list. One death in a Ford Ranger, for instance, prompted the recall of over 391,000 Ford Rangers from the 2004-2006 model year. Additionally, Ford recalled approximately 816,000 vehicles for defected Takata airbags in January 2017, bringing their count of vehicles with explosive airbags over 3 million worldwide.
Although the airbags are dangerous, replacing the Takata airbags in Ford, Lincoln, and Mercury vehicles will be difficult to accomplish in a timely manner due to the millions of other vehicles also subject to the Takata airbag recall. Even worse, most vehicles will only receive an “interim remedy,” in which the recalled airbag device will be replaced with the exact same defective components, the only difference being a “fresher” ammonium nitrate. Although this does “temporarily” decrease the likelihood of a deadly explosion, Mercedes-Benz will again need to recall these airbags as they will ultimately be just as dangerous as the ones they replaced. As such, the NHTSA has already ordered that Takata phase out the use of their defective airbags by 2020, and has announced that Mercedes and any other manufacturers performing an interim remedy, will need to replace these temporary fixes before their vehicles are actually safe to drive.
Ford has stated, however, that they are combatting ammonium nitrate degradation in some 2016 vehicles by placing a desiccant, or drying agent, in faulty airbag inflators to absorb moisture, while they continue to work with alternative suppliers to design a permanent repair and phase out all production involving ammonium nitrate. Currently, Ford has only produced a permanent repair for 2005-2014 Mustang and 2005-2006 GT vehicles, and testing is underway to see if desiccants can truly be considered a permanent repair. If Takata fails to prove that ammonium nitrate with desiccant can furnish safe and secure airbags, then tens of millions of vehicles will be recalled once again.
The following is a list of Ford vehicles that are likely to have a Takata airbag installed:
- 2007-2010 Ford Edge
- 2006-2012 Ford Fusion
- 2005-2006 Ford GT
- 2005-2014 Ford Mustang
- 2004-2011 Ford Ranger
- 2007-2010 Lincoln MKX
- 2006-2012 Lincoln Zephyr/MKZ
- 2006-2011 Mercury Milan
Takata may not be the only company liable for installing the defective and deadly airbags. In fact, nvestigations are also underway to see whether Ford concealed awareness of the defect and if they should be held accountable for damages as well.
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