Recall alert: Ford ordered to recall 3 million vehicles for air bag issues

Ford Motor Co. has been ordered to recall 3 million vehicles that have Takata air bags, multiple media outlets are reporting.

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Both Ford and Mazda Motor Corp. had petitioned the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to avoid the recall. Those petitions were filed in 2017, but the NHTSA announced its decision this week, Reuters reported.

The companies will now be forced to recall vehicles with potentially dangerous air bag inflators made by Takata.

The recall is expected to cost Ford an estimated $610 million, CNBC reported.

The recall affects the following makes and model years, according to CNBC:

  • Ford Ranger, 2007-2011
  • Ford Fusion, 2006-2012
  • Ford Edge, 2007-2010
  • Lincoln MKZ/Zephyr, 2006-2021
  • Lincoln MKX, 2007-2010
  • Mercury Milan, 2006-2011

The recall also affects about 5,800 Mazda B-Series vehicles made in 2007 through 2009, Reuters reported.

The current recall affects driver’s side airbags. The same vehicles had been recalled for passenger-side inflators in the past, Fox Business reported.

Issues with the Takata inflators have caused at least 400 injuries and 27 deaths worldwide, Fox Business reported.

An issue can cause the inflators to rupture, causing metal fragments to fly in the vehicle, CNBC reported.

For more on the issues with Takata air bags, click here.

To check to see if your Ford vehicle is under recall, click here.

For Mazda recall information, click here.

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