Ve­hi­cles re­called over air bag fault

Western Daily Press (Saturday) - - Uk&world News -

FORD is re­call­ing more than 953,000 ve­hi­cles world­wide to re­place Takata pas­sen­ger air bag in­fla­tors that can ex­plode and hurl shrap­nel.

The move in­cludes 782,000 ve­hi­cles in the US and is part of the largest se­ries of re­calls in Amer­i­can his­tory.

In­cluded are the 2010 Ford Edge and Lin­coln MKX, the 2010 and 2011 Ford Ranger, the 2010 to 2012 Ford Fu­sion and Lin­coln MKZ, the 2010 and 2011 Mer­cury Mi­lan, and the 2010 to 2014 Ford Mus­tang.

Some of the re­calls may be lim­ited to spe­cific geo­graphic ar­eas of the US.

At least 23 peo­ple have been killed world­wide by the in­fla­tors.

Ford says it does not know of any in­juries in ve­hi­cles in­cluded in this re­call. Deal­ers will re­place the in­fla­tors.

Takata uses am­mo­nium ni­trate to cre­ate an ex­plo­sion to in­flate air bags, but it can de­te­ri­o­rate over time due to heat and hu­mid­ity and ex­plode with too much force, blow­ing apart a metal can­is­ter de­signed to con­tain the ex­plo­sion.

Takata re­calls are be­ing phased in through 2020.

Ford will no­tify own­ers about the re­call start­ing on Fe­bru­ary 18, and the com­pany has re­place­ment parts avail­able for deal­ers to or­der, said spokes­woman Monique Brent­ley.

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