As if the Takata airbag scandal didn’t cause enough danger and frustration for drivers and passengers, some Ford and Lincoln models fitted with Takata airbags have also recently been recalled.
Ford announced recalls for its 2016-17 Ford Edge, 2016-17 Lincoln MKX and 2017 Lincoln Continental vehicles. The Takata airbags installed may not inflate as intended, and may cause injury in a motor vehicle crash. Approximately 32,000 vehicles are affected.
If the airbag is deployed, Ford representatives explained, the airbags might not completely fill, or the airbag cushion could detach from the airbag module because of component misalignment. However, Ford pointed out that they were not aware of any injuries thus far caused by the airbags.
Ford and Lincoln models recalled
The following Ford and Lincoln models have been recalled due to Takata airbag defects.
- 2016-17 Ford Edge vehicles built at Oakville Assembly Plant, Oct. 8, 2015, to Feb. 15, 2017
- 2016-17 Lincoln MKX vehicles built at Oakville Assembly Plant, Nov. 11, 2014, to Feb. 15, 2017
- 2017 Lincoln Continental vehicles built at Flat Rock Assembly Plant, Jan. 13, 2016, to Jan. 18, 2017
If you own one of the models listed above, contact your dealership and they will replace the driver front airbag module for free. If you need more information, contact Ford Customer Service at 866-436-7332. Ford’s number for this recall is 17C02 and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration campaign number is 17V-123.
Previous Takata airbag recall connection
The previous Takata airbag recall is not related to the Ford and Lincoln recall. In the former recall, which affected approximately 42 million vehicles in the U.S., the airbags on the frontal driver’s and passenger sides malfunctioned during deployment, sending shrapnel flying through the vehicle. Those inflators were made with a propellant that can degrade over time, leading to ruptures.
Over 180 people worldwide (and 11 in the U.S.) have died because of the defect. The Japanese airbag manufacturer recently pled guilty to concealing the defect and will pay $1 billion in penalties.
To see if your car is included in the recall, visit the National Highway Transportation and Safety Administration’s (NHTSA) website page that is dedicated to the recall. The NHTSA urges owners of cars on the list — which includes select BMW, Chrysler, Daimler Trucks, Ford, General Motors, Honda, Mazda, Mitsubishi, Nissan, Subaru and Toyota vehicles — to act immediately on recall notices to replace defective Takata airbags. To do so, follow up with the manufacturer to get interim guidance and get your vehicle fixed as soon as parts are available.
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