DETROIT (AP) – Ford remembers more than 953,000 vehicles worldwide to replace Takata passenger airbag inflators that can explode and throw shrapnel.
The move includes over 782,000 vehicles in the United States and is part of the largest series of featured in American history.
Included are the 2010 Ford Edge and Lincoln MKX, Ford Ranger 2010 and 2011, Ford Fusion and Lincoln MKZ 2010, 2011, 2010 Mercury Milan and Ford Mustang 2010-2014.
Some recalls can be limited to specific geographical areas in the United States
Takata used the chemical ammonium nitrate to create an explosion to inflate airbags. But it can worsen over time due to heat and humidity and explode with too much force by blowing out a metal container designed to contain the explosion. At least 23 people have been killed worldwide and one hundred injured by inflatables.
Ford says it does not know of any damage to vehicles included in this recall. Dealers will replace inflators.
Ford will notify owners of the recall from February 1[ads1]8, and the company has spare parts available to order dealers, spokeswoman Monique Brentley said. In former Takata recalls, the availability of parts became a problem.
Owners can go to this website and enter the vehicle identification number to see if the cars and SUVs are recalled. The same information will soon be available on the NHTSA website.
More than three years after the US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration took over the management of recalls involving Takata inflators, one-third of recalled inflators have still not been replaced, according to a government report and a legal monitor.
The report states that 16.7 million error users of 50 million during the recall have not yet been replaced. And 10 million more inflators are scheduled to be recalled this month, including the Ford vehicles. Honda also recalled 1.4 million cars in September, months ahead of schedule.
Security officers said the completion rate should be much higher given the danger associated with inflators.
The recall forced Takata of Japan to seek bankruptcy protection and sell most of its assets to pay for the repairs.
Inflators become more dangerous as they age because ammonium nitrate deteriorates due to high humidity and cycles from hot temperatures to cold. The most dangerous blowers are in southern areas along the Gulf of Mexico that have high humidity.