• Feb 27, 2008
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If you own an '05 - '08 Ford Mustang, watch your mailbox for a recall notice from the Oval in the coming days. It turns out that the NHTSA learned that the passenger-side frontal airbag could potentially deploy with greater-than-allowable force for a petite, unrestrained passenger. Over 470,000 of the ponycars qualify for the recall, with 435,000 of them located in the US. A dealer-performed software update will correct the problem. According to Ford, there are no reported injuries related to the issue, and the particular scenario in which the problem could manifest itself is rare.


[Sources: CNNMoney]


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      Sondra
      • 2 Months Ago

      Being the currant owner of three mustangs and having owned 15 of them in the past, I think I am well qualified to say that the Mustang is the best American car ever made!

      • 6 Years Ago
      But can it run Linux?

      And, "That's what you get for not wearing seatbelts."
      • 6 Years Ago
      seriously, how can you not have worn seatbelts... i know some US people (not limiting to but including others) are reluctant to wear seatbelts (I heard on CNN that somewhere in US it's not mandatory). come on, it's common knowledge that it'd be safer to wear them. would you not do that when travelling on a plane? I know it may feel uncomfortable for the few "larger" community but hey, it can save your life. i thought this airbag recall was some defect, but it turns out to compensate for the some of us.
        • 6 Years Ago
        ach, there's nothing inside the head to protect if they aren't thinking the correct 'choice'.

        but on a serious note, for your and other people's safety, please wear safety belts. it's designed for a reason. the guy designed it (from volvo) did not patent this idea, because he wants every one know that seatbelts save lives.
        • 6 Years Ago
        It's the same mentality with people who say they don't need to wear motorcycle helmets. It's their "choice".

        Their "choice" costs us millions and millions of dollars from higher insurance rates to hospital bills when they are laying there drooling on themselves because of the preventable brain damage caused in the accidents.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Maybe the petite, unrestrained passenger undid her seat belt so she could put her head in your lap, (she is unrestrained after all). Let's protect that!
        • 6 Years Ago
        Okay Norm, since you so eloquentely drew us that picture, I will have to agree with you on this one.
      • 6 Years Ago
      There are people out there that don't use their seatbelts? Still? Haven't these people been Darwin'ed yet?
      • 6 Years Ago
      I didn't even know Ford had the technology to offer airbags. Kudos to them.
        Sondra
        • 2 Months Ago

        No, it was not even worth two cents!

        • 6 Years Ago
        Thanks for your two cents.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Christian,
        I'm so proud of ford and their major advancements. Golly, variable valve timing is so new and complex. It's not like we haven't seen cars with it for two decades. In another few decades maybe they'll get to the point of having ABS and stability control too. Proud to be an American when I see all the high tech equipment going into Ford cars. Airbags...who know?!

        :rolls eyes:

        • 6 Years Ago
        Plenty of Ford cars sold today have ABS and traction control so you should be a very proud American. Maybe Ford can be a true contender in the automobile industry once their technological prowess matches your amazing sarcasm.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Without reading the recall notice, I can tell you software recalibration for the passenger airbag module is not at all uncommon. Most OEM's use weight based systems to determine OC (Occupant classification - determines child, small female, or adult male) in addition to seatbelt usage. All these inputs go into determining what stage(s) of the output inflator is used.

      It certinally is walking a tightrope and the grey area between child and small female classificaition is very difficult to calibrate.

      I'm guessing during an impact test the wrong dummy type was detected and too much or too little inflator output pressure was used which usually results in high neck bending moments (aka fail the test).
      • 6 Years Ago
      Back when I was in driver's ed, we had a Plymouth Acclaim with first-generation airbags. We got tapped from behind, little scuff on the car... but the airbag deployed on the guy driving. It went off with greater-than-allowable force for a large, restrained passenger.

      God, it was hilarious from the back seat.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Unfortunately, airbag failure is not always as humorous. A family friend was driving a older car down a residential street when a dog jumped into the roadway. He tried to honk, but and stop but the dog hit his front end dead on... and the airbags unnecessarily fired, completely shattering his wrist that was pressed against the steering wheel honking.

        A recall on airbag software is a good deal in my book.
      • 6 Years Ago
      All I can say is: dumbest recall ever. If the passenger is unrestrained, I don't think we should protecting them through an airbag recall (or creating regulations that stipulate allowable force for such passengers... I mean, WTF? Why waste the time!).
      • 6 Years Ago
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      • 6 Years Ago
      I don't think ford should have to change anything for un-restrained passengers.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Aren't unrestrained passengers, airbag or otherwise, exposed to a pretty serious risk of injury anyway?
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