• Apr 14, 2011
Back in February, we told you about the recall of 150,000 Ford F-150 models due to driver-side airbags that went off on their own right after starting the vehicle. At the time, Ford said the recall was limited to 150,000 units out of the 1.3 million vehicles being investigated due to the fact that the problem only surfaced on vehicles built on the first shift at the automaker's Norfolk, Virginia plant.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has announced on its website that the recall has now been extended to include 1.2 million 2004-2006 model year F-150 models, along with its luxury cousin, the Lincoln Mark LT. NHTSA says it has received 238 instances of inadvertent deployment and 77 total injuries.

NHTSA indicates that the airbag issue stems from a clockspring jumper wire that could come in contact with the airbag lower horn plate. The friction between the wire and the horn plate could result in chafing, potentially shorting the circuit. And when that happens, an unsuspecting F-150 owner could receive an airbag surprise.

To fix the problem, owners of the affected vehicles will be able to head to the nearest Ford or Lincoln dealer for a free repair. Technicians will install a new clockspring jumper with a protective mesh cover. Hit the jump to read over the NHTSA press release.

[Source: NHTSA via Pickuptrucks.com]
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Vehicle Make / Model:
Model Year(s):
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FORD / F-150
2004-2006
LINCOLN / MARK LT
NHTSA Campaign ID Number:
11V107000
Summary:
FORD IS RECALLING CERTAIN MODEL YEAR 2004-2006 F-150 PICK UP TRUCKS AS WELL AS CERTAIN MODEL YEAR 2006 LINCOLN MARK LT VEHICLES. IF THE CLOCKSPRING JUMPER WIRE COMES IN CONTACT WITH THE DRIVER SIDE FRONTAL AIR BAG LOWER HORN PLATE, THE WIRE INSULATION MAY BECOME CHAFED, CREATING A POTENTIAL FOR A SHORT CIRCUIT. IF THIS OCCURS THE AIR BAG WARNING LAMP MAY ILLUMINATE INDICATING THAT SERVICE IS REQUIRED.

Consequence:
THE DRIVER SIDE FRONTAL AIR BAG COULD INADVERTENTLY DEPLOY INCREASING THE RISK OF INJURY OR LOSS OF VEHICLE CONTROL IF OCCURRING WHILE IN MOTION.

Remedy:
FORD WILL NOTIFY OWNERS AND INSTRUCT THEM TO TAKE THEIR VEHICLES TO A FORD OR LINCOLN/MERCURY DEALER TO HAVE A NEW CLOCKSPRING JUMPER WIRE INSTALLED THAT INCORPORATES A PROTECTIVE MESH COVER. REPAIRS WILL BE PERFORMED FREE OF CHARGE. THIS SAFETY RECALL BEGAN ON SOME VEHICLES IN MARCH 2011. THE RECALL CAMPAIGN ON THE EXPANDED POPULATION IS EXPECTED TO BEGIN ON OR ABOUT MAY 9, 2011. OWNERS MAY CONTACT THE FORD MOTOR COMPANY CUSTOMER RELATIONSHIP CENTER AT 1-866-436-7332 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting 1-866-436-7332 end_of_the_skype_highlighting.


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      • 3 Years Ago
      I see the haters checked in early, smh. I'm by not means a GM or Ford fanboi but as an American, I'm proud when they succeed. I don't understand the hate on Mullaly, if anything, he righted the ship, Ford now has one of the most attractive cars out there. The F-150 is one of the best, if not the best truck, it's rather unfortunate they are going thru this negative phase, hope they don't get complacent and slack off, folks are liking Ford again.
      • 3 Years Ago
      This is pretty big. A shame I haven't seen this blow up on all forms of news sites and shows like what happened to Toyota. Gee, I wonder why that is?
      • 3 Years Ago
      I still think the F150 is the best pickup.
      • 3 Years Ago
      F-150's suck. If it is not an airbag it is spontaneous fire, if it is not that it is something else.

      Good job Mullaly.
        • 3 Years Ago
        Mullaly was named CEO in Sept 2006. By that date Ford would have been well into assembling 2007 models.

        These vehicles were designed, engineered, built, and most of them sold to owners before his first day.
        • 3 Years Ago
        Blah blah blah. Sure, instances of spontaneous fire for this vehicle are cause for major concern (I bet Chrysler has a similar concern after the Dodge Durango parade engine fire video too) but a couple hundred incidents and less than a hundred injuries (I'd imagine most of which are probably minor) out of 1.2 MILLION vehicles doesn't seem to be something that I would get too terribly upset about ... ESPECIALLY since the fix seems to be simple, straightforward and complimentary for owners.

        By the way, Mullaly came on to ford in September 2006, so I would hardly blame him for anything that happens to vehicles produced by ford between 2004 and 2006.

        C'mon man.
      • 3 Years Ago
      So the King of Recalls is again recalling vehicles in the millions? Wake me up when there's proper news.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Buy a Ford
      It's the best!
      Drive a mile
      Walk the rest!
      • 3 Years Ago
      No no no, it's a FEATURE... they only deploy if it detects 0.08 plus BAC on startup.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Glad to see this get on AB! Ford can do no wrong on here!
        • 3 Years Ago
        But, but, but Mullah-ly turned the ship around, that is why he is getting 23 Mills a year.
        • 3 Years Ago
        Guaranteed Ford did not design or manufacture the defective airbag. But they are responsible for making this right and that's what they're doing.
        • 3 Years Ago
        @ Sea Urchin:

        What do you care? It's not as if Ford has billions of dollars worth of government loans that will probably never be repaid in full. Ford's quality rankings have consistently improved during Mullaly's tenure and the business is stronger than its been in the past two decades. I'd say he's doing a decent job.

        If you're going to harp about executive compensation, I can think of many, many better examples than Mullaly.
        • 3 Years Ago
        That dude should be getting 23 billion$!
      • 3 Years Ago
      I could see how getting hit in the face with an airbag while driving might impair your ability to safely operate a motor vehicle...
        • 3 Years Ago
        Just think of it as a "wake-up" function. Keep you alert, on your toes...

        At least these instances happened during a startup rather than in the middle of driving down a highway.
        • 3 Years Ago
        I don't know about you, but I like being hit in the face while driving. Keeps me awake.

      • 3 Years Ago
      "Ford F-150 airbag recall balloons by 1.2M units"

      Pun intended I guess.
        • 3 Years Ago
        I lol'ed at the phrase "Airbag Surprise".
      • 3 Years Ago
      A little nugget for the GM fanboys.
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