Ford, NHTSA Still in Talks Over Larger F-150 Airbag Recall

Colum Wood
by Colum Wood
2004 Ford F-150.

A more significant recall of Ford F-150 trucks is probable, as talks between the automaker and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) continue.

In February Ford issued a recall of 144,000 F-150 models dating from 2005-2006 in response to a request by the government agency. That recall was not, however, satisfactory, with NHTSA requesting a total of 1.3 million trucks be fixed.

The dispute between the agency and Ford is expected to end “soon”, according to Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood.

Currently NHTSA’s records show 269 cases of airbags deploying without cause with 98 recorded injuries from vehicles dating from 2004-2006. That is up from 238 reports and 77 injuries when the first recall was issued in February.

Since the Toyota recall crisis NHTSA has been busy, issuing recalls for issues as trivial as rusting hood ornaments on Bentley models. While that might make the agency look like it’s hunting for work, Ford has shown a general unwillingness to cooperate with the government agency as of late, initially refusing to issue recalls for its Windstar minivan.

[Source: TheDetroitNews]

Colum Wood
Colum Wood

With AutoGuide from its launch, Colum previously acted as Editor-in-Chief of Modified Luxury & Exotics magazine where he became a certifiable car snob driving supercars like the Koenigsegg CCX and racing down the autobahn in anything over 500 hp. He has won numerous automotive journalism awards including the Best Video Journalism Award in 2014 and 2015 from the Automotive Journalists Association of Canada (AJAC). Colum founded Geared Content Studios, VerticalScope's in-house branded content division and works to find ways to integrate brands organically into content.

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  • AutoGuide.com News Staff AutoGuide.com News Staff on Mar 10, 2011

    Ford really is fighting hard to not give any recalls. I guess it's just protecting the brand image (and not wanting to pay for the recall), but they really need to put the safety of their customers first.

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