• Jan 26th 2010 at 5:30PM
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Back in October, the National Highway Traffic Safety Adminstration announced a Ford F-150 airbag investigation. There were 530,000 2005 model year F-150s involved in the investigation before Halloween, but now the number has swelled to 1.56 million trucks spanning the 2004-2006 model years. The government agency has also upgraded the investigation to an engineering analysis – one step closer to a recall.

The F-150 airbags are being investigated because the administration has reportedly received some 300 complaints of airbags that deployed without an accident. An earlier report revealed that the majority of the premature airbag deployments happened at ignition or directly after ignition – a really lousy wake up call first thing in the morning. Of the 300 complaints, there were 60 injuries, including cuts and bruises and two people reported being knocked unconscious as a result of the airbag deployment.

Ford, which is reportedly cooperating with the federal government in the investigation, predictably doesn't want to speculate as to whether the investigation will lead to a full-blown recall.

[Source: Reuters]

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      • 5 Years Ago
      Heh, 300 people had their airbags explode when they started the engine? That would scare the friggin' crap out of me-airbags explode pretty violently and the stuff they use to puff them up makes your car cabin cloud up for a little bit which just makes things even more confusing since the airbag's already disorientated you. Just hope nobody got a heart attack or something.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Dayum!! I have Porsches and a Corvette to drive, but I drive my F150 the most. If I got out there and the bag went off it would definatley ruin my day. Have you ever seen one of those things detonate in the flesh?? Shiiiiiiiut!!
      • 5 Years Ago

      2004-06 F-150 starting procedure:
      1. Enter truck from passenger side and lie on floor.
      2. Reach up and insert key into ignition and start truck.
      3. Wait 30 seconds and then assume driving position.
      • 5 Years Ago
      This means that F150's are "extra safe." The airbags go off just in-case. How do those people know they weren't about to have a head on collision? ...in their driveway...parked.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Well while that does make me a little nervous(I have a 2004), I guess I will just take precaution for now. I wonder if it is a sensor corrosion issue because I live in the south and mine is almost 7 yrs old with 122,000 plus miles on it and I have not experienced that issue. And I hope I don't!
      • 5 Years Ago
      sounds like an airbag sensor is shorting out. Would like to see where they have happened. Could be road salt getting into the sensor and corroding it. There have a been a few other recalls (for other manufacturers) lately that had corrosion due to road salt.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Who do they think they are, Toyota!
        • 5 Years Ago
        Not to mention that was Toyota's first year having the most recalled vehicles whereas Ford and GM were always the winners of that honor every year before that.
      • 5 Years Ago
      NHTSA is investigating this...

      The Fed, which more commonly refers to the Federal Reserve, is who is printing money, and monetizing the US debt, sucking value out of the market, so that fewer people can buy F150s.

      "The feds", as a colloquialism for the federal government and it's agencies, is almost always plural.

      And the FED, although in cahoots with the Federal government, is not actually an above-board, light-of-day government entity anyway, regardless of what the Senate says about Bernanke.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Indeed. "The Fed" is not a general term for the Federal government or any entity thereof.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I remember when airbags were first being discussed and we the public were told by the auto insures that airbags do not fail and have never failed in any of their tests.
      • 5 Years Ago
      This happened to a friend with a brand new Subaru several years ago. He simply had the airbag replaced and kept the car with no further trouble.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Do you guys remember this?


      Safety first indeed.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Wow, that was hysterical. Thanks for the laugh
      • 5 Years Ago
      Bold moves.Right in your face.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Chevy Rules!

      At least for the time being.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I guess we won't mention that currently as it sits:

        2005 Chevy Silverado: 8 recalls
        2005 Ford F-150: 2 recalls

        Chevy rules. Indeed.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Chevy Rules:

        Taxpayer Screwing Government Teet Sucking: Chevy (GM): 1
        Ford : 0
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