Remember when NHTSA suggested that Ford should recall 1.3 million F-150 trucks over airbag concerns? Probably not, because the car company only chose to recall around 150,000 of them. Well after further conversations with regulators, it appears that all those trucks Ford had originally decided didn’t merit a recall… they do now.
Ford and NHTSA announced the expanded recall earlier today. There is concern about a possible short-circuit in model years 2004-2006 F-150s that could cause airbags to deploy unexpectedly.
Owners of the recalled vehicles won’t begin receiving notices until May, but if your airbag warning light is illuminated, Ford says you can bring your F-150 into the dealer ASAP for the gratis fix, which should require about a half day in the garage.
“We are pleased that Ford shares our commitment to safety and is taking action to protect consumers by expanding its safety recall,” said NHTSA Administrator David Strickland.
Ford stands by its original statement that the possibility of the airbag deploying in your face does not pose an “unreasonable risk.” However, it still agreed to the expanded recall “to reassure customers of Ford’s commitment to safety and to eliminate any possible customer confusion.”