Ford will no longer be using Takata as an airbag supplier for its future vehicles.
After recalling over 1.5-million vehicles equipped with faulty Takata airbags, the American automaker has decided to work with other suppliers moving forward on its future vehicles. Ford is the fourth automaker to stop using Takata airbag inflators in future vehicles, joining Honda, Toyota and Nissan.
Currently the other two from the Detroit Big Three have not made announcements on whether they will continue using Takata airbags, with both automakers declining to comment on future supply plans.
In total, a dozen automakers have recalled 19.2-million vehicles in the U.S. as a result of the massive Takata airbag issue. The faulty inflators exploded with too much force, spraying shrapnel at drivers and passengers resulting in eight confirmed deaths worldwide with hundreds more injured.
Takata recently agreed to pay a fine of $70 million as well as changing its inflators. The company is also barred from signing new contracts that use the propellant chemistry and must end its use in current deals by the end of 2018.
Ford vehicles affected by the Takata airbag recall include the 2005-2014 Ford Mustang, 2005-2006 Ford GT and 2004-2006 Ford Ranger.
[Source: The Detroit News]
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