Ford F-150 Recall 2011: NHTSA Orders Ford To Fix F-150 Pickup Defective Air Bags

By on Feb 23, 2011 in Automobile, Current Events, Lifestyle, United States Comments
Ford F-150 2011 Model
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Around 150,000 Ford F-150 pickup trucks will be recalled by Ford Motor Co. due to defective air bags, the giant car manufacturer announced on Wednesday, February 23, 2011. The Ford F-150 recall will begin in early March and owners will be informed when they can bring their trucks to their dealers. Reports say that Ford‘s F-150 is the best-selling F-series vehicle in the US.

The Ford recall in the United States and Canada, covers F-150 trucks from the 2005-2006 model years, that were built at the Norfolk, Va. assembly plant from November 2004 through June 2005. The auto company describes the recall issue as a “relatively low risk” of the F-150 air bag’s inadvertent deployment. Ford explained that an improperly positioned air bag wire in the steering wheel could have been the cause why it chafed, expose bare copper and  possible short circuit that triggers the airbag warning lamp to light up.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) issued a November 24, 2010 memo, ordering Ford to recall 1.3 million F-150 trucks from the 2004-2006 model years due to 77 reported injuries and 238 cases of improper deployment of air bags. Ford made corrective measures to fix the air bag wiring in its 2006 and 2007 truck models, the NHTSA noted in their Nov 24 memo.

The Department of  Transportation is now reviewing, if Ford‘s recall is adequate in response to the NHTSA’s memo. If the agency determines that Ford‘s recall is not enough, a public hearing may be conducted to determine the real extent of the recall.



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