Ford, the second largest automotive manufacturer in The United States, has just issued a recall of nearly one million vehicles.
The recall is taking place after it was discovered that metal inflators inside of the Takata brand airbags contain chemicals that could explode with excessive force hurling shrapnel at passengers.
This has quickly been recognized as one of the largest recalls in U.S. history, with 782,000 recalls in America alone.
Ford released a statement saying it has not received any reports of injuries due to the defect, but worldwide, 23 people have been killed by the inflators for other brands.
Ford is urging owners of the vehicles in danger to get in contact and set up appointments to replace the recalled airbags free-of-charge.
The vehicles in question include:
- The 2010 Ford Edge
- The 2010 Lincoln MKX
- The 2010 and 2011 Ford Ranger
- The 2010 to 2012 Ford Fusion and Lincoln MKZ
- The 2010 and 2011 Mercury Milan
- The 2010 to 2014 Ford Mustang
According to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA), there are over 50 million defective Takata brand airbags in 37 million U.S. vehicles.
Last September, Honda and Acura were forced to recall 1.4 million vehicles in reference to the hazardous discovery by Takata. Similarly, in December, Toyota and Lexus had to recall 65,000 vehicles.
Takata uses ammonium nitrate a chemical that creates an explosion to inflate air bags. It was discovered last August that the chemical can deteriorate over time due to heat and humidity and explode with too great of an impact, blowing apart a metal canister designed to contain the explosion.
The recalls forced Takata of Japan to seek bankruptcy protection and sell most of its assets to pay for the fixes. Takata recalls are being phased in through 2020.