• Feb 23, 2011
Ford has announced that it is recalling 150,000 2005-2006 F-150 pickup trucks for airbags that may deploy without warning. The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration had originally opened an investigation into 1.3 million vehicles for the fault. Ford says that the risk of an airbag going off without cause is fairly small, though NHTSA has received notice of 238 instances of inadvertent deployment resulting in 77 injuries.

The airbags supposedly went off seconds after the vehicle was started, and in one case, the driver leapt from the vehicle while the truck was still parked in a driveway.

Ford says that it limited the number of vehicles being recalled because it discovered that the problem only reared its head on vehicles manufactured by the first shift at its Norfolk, Virginia assembly plant. The problem stems from an improperly installed wire that may cause a short-circuit, deploying the airbag in the process. The automaker says that the wiring was changed in 2006 to eliminate the potential problem. As a result, the recall only covers vehicles manufactured in Norfolk between November 2004 and June 2005.

[Source: AOL Autos]


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      Janet Lee Whitmer
      • 2 Months Ago

      I was in an accident out in Iowa with Ford F150 Truck 2011; The air bag did not deploy or did not work at all on either side ; Has there been any other incidents of this is this year and model faulty??? Please respond. Thank you. Janet Janet Whitmer

      janet.whitmer@yahoo.com

      • 3 Years Ago
      *ownder walks out to hisF-150 in the morning, coffee in hand, unlocks door and gets in... puts key in ignition, cranks over engine, closes door....*

      WHOOO BAM!!!! Airbag in the face.

      "What in the sam he** was that all about?!?!?"

      Who needs a Monster or a 5 Hour Energy drink when you can opt to get socked in the face with an airbag first thing in the morning? That'll wake you right the heck up for sure!
      • 3 Years Ago
      what the.. they knew about it in 2006 and are just now recalling it?
      • 3 Years Ago
      Interesting. The 2005 F-150 I leased was built at Norfolk on 12/11/04. Nothing popped up in the warranty report for the current owner.

      • 3 Years Ago
      That's a sexy truck right there. The grills were so much better looking in this generation F-150.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Ford must solve this problem before the start of the Formula One racing season
      or will they ever be embarassed, or am I just confused?
      • 3 Years Ago
      I had a 2004 non heritage I just sold last September. Loved that truck, sad to see it go. 126,900 miles when I sold it, still running great. Feel bad for the people injured or scared by the bag...unfortunately technology has it's downsides...a human built it.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Wait a minute now.... didn't someone tell Ray "THE HOOD" LaHood that these weren't TOYOTA vehicles? Ray.... what were you thinking? (smirk)
        • 3 Years Ago
        And fixing affected cars 5 years later under government pressure is ok for Ford? Give me a break.
        • 3 Years Ago
        Should everyone stop driving their Fords?
        • 3 Years Ago
        If you read Autoblog you should know well enough that damn near every vehicle gets recalled for something. The problem with Toyota is they kept selling the vehicles despite not having a fix.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Wait, they fixed the issue in 2006..... But we're just NOW hearing about a recall?
      • 3 Years Ago
      Watch out Ford, Repubs took back the Congress! Go Ray!
      • 3 Years Ago
      Talk about a wake-up call. Imagine starting your vehicle and the airbag just going off in your face.
        • 3 Years Ago
        -"The airbags supposedly went off seconds after the vehicle was started, and in one case, the driver leapt from the vehicle while the truck was still parked in a driveway."

        Wait a sec: This guy must have lightning quick reflexes to react to an airbag deployment! Either that, or the airbag itself was defective and slow to inflate.
        :-p
        • 3 Years Ago
        He is the one
      • 3 Years Ago
      The F150 is the best selling vehicle in North America, probably in north America aswell, there are millions of F150's on the road, there is bound to be a few problems along the way. I have had 2 F150's and now my third and these have been the best vehicles I have ever owned! Don't plan on every driving anything else!
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