Ford Bows to NHTSA, Expands Takata Recall

Ford has agreed to expand its Takata airbag recall at the request of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

This new recall expansion affects 447,310 vehicles, bringing the total number of Ford vehicles affected by the airbag problem to 538,977. The expanded recall affects the 2005 through 2008 Ford Mustang built between Aug. 18, 2004 and June 25, 2007, and the 2005 through 2006 Ford GT built between Feb. 11, 2005 and Jan. 30, 2006.

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The issue has to do with the airbag inflator, which can rupture. If this happens, the airbag can hurl metal shards at the passengers of the vehicle. So far, five deaths and 50 injuries have been attributed to the faulty airbags across all of the brands that use them. Ford says it only knows of a single injury that occured in its vehicles as a result of a Takata airbag.

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