• Apr 14, 2011
Ford has expanded a recall of its popular F-150 truck (... Ford has expanded a recall of its popular F-150 truck (Ford).
DETROIT (AP) -- Under pressure from government safety regulators, Ford Motor Co. is expanding a recall of the popular F-150 pickup truck to include nearly 1.2 million vehicles that may have defective air bags.

The additional recall, announced Thursday by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, covers trucks from the 2004 through 2006 model years. An electrical short can cause the air bags to deploy unexpectedly, in some cases injuring drivers.

In February, Ford agreed to fix 150,000 of the trucks but resisted the government's wishes to recall all 1.2 million trucks that may have the problem.

Ford's F-Series pickup truck is the top-selling vehicle in America, and the F-150 makes up about 60 percent of F-Series sales. Through March, the company sold nearly 127,000 of the pickups. The F-Series also includes heavier duty trucks such as the F-250 and F-350.

The Dearborn, Mich., company said in a statement that it will notify all owners in May that they should take their trucks to a dealer who will replace an air bag wire in the steering wheel. The repair takes less than a half day, the company said. The wire can become chafed, causing a short circuit that can lead to the airbag inflating unexpectedly.

Ford said it knows of no crashes caused by the airbag problem. But NHTSA said in a January letter to Ford that the agency knew of 269 cases in which the air bags deployed inadvertently, resulting in 98 injuries, some serious. The agency noted that Ford made production changes to the trucks in 2006 and 2007 to fix the air bag wiring and other issues.

Ford told NHTSA in May that some drivers reported injuries that included burns from contact with the air bag, bruises, neck and back pain and minor cuts. Two customers reported broken or chipped teeth and two reported elbow or arm fractures.

NHTSA wanted Ford to recall all 1.2 million trucks, but Ford told the agency that the full recall was not justified and said owners got an adequate warning of the problem from the air bag warning light on the dashboard. But NHTSA disagreed and said it could hold a rare public hearing on the matter. "The potential for loss of vehicular control poses an unreasonable risk to safety," NHTSA told the company.

Earlier this week, Ford officially agreed to the full recall. In an April 11 letter to NHTSA, James Vondale, director of Ford's safety office, said the company agreed to the expansion after discussions with NHTSA.

"To reassure customers of Ford's commitment to safety, and to eliminate any possible customer confusion, Ford is voluntarily recalling this remaining population of vehicles," Vondale wrote.

Ford shares fell 32 cents, or 2.1 percent, to $14.67 in morning trading.


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      • 3 Years Ago
      A nother example of the corporation KNOWING about the PROBLEM but doing very little or nothing to fix it. Easier and cheaper to pay off the people who live through their error.
      flalightingsales
      • 3 Years Ago
      2003 F150 Super Crew with 204, 350 miles and nothing but good times. 9th Ford truck I have had. Had an '88 Chevy truck. Had a 1996 Dodge. Don't even go there. And they require no help from the Government. Ha!
      • 3 Years Ago
      This never would have happened if they were still made in Norfolk, VA!!!!
      acerwf
      • 3 Years Ago
      Must be a reason Ford sells a lot of F-150's. First On Race Day
      Cooter Tamer
      • 3 Years Ago
      TOYOTA,buy whats dependable,not whats popular (F150)
      • 3 Years Ago
      jw4kfh, you simply do not understand. All these things are "belt and suspenders", preparation for the unexpected, etc.
      jw4kfh
      • 3 Years Ago
      Always amazes me to see 4 door pick-ups driven by one person... Used as grocery getters or for trips to the mall. Generally 4wd that are NEVER taken off road. The raised body and stiffer springs/shocks ruin the ride and handling, for nothing.
        Mark Lathom
        • 3 Years Ago
        @jw4kfh
        I've done more off roading in my Ford Escort then most people who drive lifted 4x4 trucks here in CA. My boss used to call them "Pretty City Trucks".
      • 3 Years Ago
      Ford f-150s look like dinosaurs. Their body style hasn't changed for over 15 years excepy for a couple subtle changes. Chevy is a much better truck for the money if you can afford one.
      • 3 Years Ago
      good for them. this is what they all deserve for using my ideas and prophecies for continued control of the unexpecting minds of the american and other peoples. even ford used my design from OneGodMinistries out of South Central Los Angeles for their design teams and gave me nothing. if i have to drive, then let me drive them insane, as they did me by doing this to me. there are more problems in america with major corperations like these than even meets the eye.we as a people have to effectively use this internet for revelation and interpretation. see what they are doing here. i am not the fool that ford and the other thought i was, and i will never be the fool i was again.
      kpamesa
      • 3 Years Ago
      FORD = Fix Or Repair Daily. Same situation with Ford today as in the past 30+ years....they make a vehicle to last not more than 5 years. They brag about how little their vehicles cost, but the overall cost to the owner is much higher than buying a better vehicle. Ford made a huge amount of money off the stupid "cash for clunkers" program but they didn't bother to put those profits to good use. Not surprising.
        Sukeycat
        • 3 Years Ago
        @kpamesa
        I had a Ford Escape for 7 years put over 200,000 miles on it and had NO trouble with it at all. I traded it in for a 2010 FORD EDGE and I love it even more than the Escape. You don`t know what you are talking about. FORD MAKES A GREAT CAR. AND IT didn`t take government money like GM & Chysler did.
          sealtheborder1
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Sukeycat
          Just like all the BIG 3, they are hit and miss............2002 and 2003 Escapes had problems with engines and brakes........you just go a "good one"....but the majority of people did not get a good one.....so that makes your experience anecdotal............
      sealtheborder1
      • 3 Years Ago
      cauthenjt Well, at least we agree on one point (BMW = EXPENSES!!!) but not on the quality of Ford. I used to be GM all the way until I made the fateful mistake of buying Chevrolets back-to-back so I tried Ford...and have been a Ford Man all the way ever since. I had owned GM pick ups until 2008, when I picked up a 2007 Tundra LTD with the 5.7L engine. My GMC nickeled and dimed me to death with mass airflow sensors, steering gear problems. steering slip shaft knock, encoder motor and sensors, dash gauges which went haywire, creaking and twisting of the crew cab, and the list went on and on............I am at 60K on the Tundra and its only needed oil changes, being able to smoke the Dodge guys off the stoplight isnt bad either!!!!!!!!!!!!! LOL My father in law has a new Platinum Ford F-150, its a nice truck but I dont like the heavy steering and it is WAY under powered compared to the competition. My 2 cents...............
        • 3 Years Ago
        @sealtheborder1
        Toyota is a fine automaker but I don't expect a lot of luxury from this level of car. I've owned two Toyotas before and I admit they weren't anything much except fun and cheap to drive. My biggest complaint with Toyotal "quality" is superficial at best, but why can't they make their cheap interior plastic at least match itself. If you get in any Toyota vehicle you can count about 5 different shades of the same color (I guess it's supposed to be the same color). At that's when it's new. Once the sun does its damage then you're looking at a much more widespread spectrum of color. I didn't have any major complaints w/Toyota but they should stick to what they started out being: Cheap to buy and Cheap to drive.
        pet2thm
        • 3 Years Ago
        @sealtheborder1
        Isn't a Tundra a Toyota? Sounds like you're not really a Ford Man at all . . .
          • 3 Years Ago
          @pet2thm
          Actually I am a Ford Man - "sealtheborder1" was replying to my email and included my post with my name (first paragraph above). The second paragraph with the Tundra is "sealtheborder1", not "cauthenjt"s post.
      JIM
      • 3 Years Ago
      Fords are just like most cars, some are good and some are junk. I have a 92 f 150 wit 100,000 miles and it runs great but every time i drive it i have to fix something on it, nothing big but always something .
        usmc32yrs
        • 3 Years Ago
        @JIM
        Hell it's probably older than you are ...19 ......there is not even a 19 year old Toyota on the road !!
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