Ford F-150 Recall
April 16, 2011 by staff
Ford F-150 Recall, Ford is expanding the withdrawal of the F-150 and Lincoln Mark LT trucks to about 1.2 million vehicles because federal regulators say driver implementations unwanted side air bag resulted in 66 wounded.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has received 269 reports of such deployments total unwanted air pockets. The injuries include cuts and broken teeth, and two people told regulators that are unconscious.
The owners of 1.19 million F-150s from 2004 to 2006 model years are being notified that their trucks to dealers. Including 144,000 trucks recalled for the same reason in February. Deploying air bag can occur when an electrical short caused friction in a wire attached to the bag driver’s side air. Dealers will install a clock spring cable new bridge has a protective mesh covering. The repair is less than a day and a half, the company said.
Ford spokesman Wes Sherwood said that Ford is aware of an incident where a driver got out of his truck after the air bag in your driveway.
“We are aware of the reports, but do not involve accidents,” said Sherwood. “The vast majority are reports of minor injuries such as bumps and abrasions in contact, similar to rug burns. Many of the reports are ambiguous.”
Most of the incidents reported to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration truck involved in and 2005 model year. Were built on the Ford assembly plant in Dearborn and Kansas City and an assembly plant, now closed, in Norfolk, Virginia
“We are pleased that Ford shares our commitment to safety and are taking measures to protect consumers by expanding their recovery, security,” said NHTSA, David Strickland.
In an April letter to NHTSA, James Vondale, director of automotive safety office of Ford, wrote that if the wire insulation is irritated, the air bag warning light is lit on the board of trucks. Vondale said the air bag could deploy if the driver ignores the warning light.
NHTSA Ford wanted to remember about .2 million trucks when it issued the recall for the first time in February. Ford said the warning light was enough and decided to recover the number smaller.
In January, according to a document from the NHTSA, Ford made a temporary change in the horn plate assembly in which the air bag packed. A more permanent redesign of the mounting plate, the air bag module and clock spring cable bridge were conducted in June 2006 for the model year. The trucks made after that are not part of the recall.
The line F-Series truck is the best-selling vehicle in the U.S., with 2010 sales in excess of, 000, and one of Ford’s most profitable models.
Brian Johnson, an autoanlyst with Barclays Capital in New York, estimated that the repair will cost about, per vehicle, or about 180 million euros, which translates to about a negative impact of 4 cents per share on Ford earnings later this year.
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