Ford Motor Co. is yet again issuing an extended recall on its popular F-150 pickup trucks, according to news reports.
Under pressure from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Ford is recalling nearly 1.2 million F-150 trucks because of possibly defective airbags.
The recall includes all “F-150s built for the 2004 and 2005 model years, as well as part of the 2006 model year. Also included are 16,000 Lincoln LT pickups,” according to news reports.
The defective airbags can deploy unexpectedly because of an electrical short, potentially injuring drivers. “The wire can become chafed, causing a short circuit that can lead to the air bag inflating unexpectedly.”
So far, 98 personal injuries have been reported in connection to the air bags deploying inadvertently, according to NHTSA. In January, the NHTSA said there were 269 cases of the deployments.
As a Seattle personal injury lawyer, I’m saddened to hear that Ford wasn’t able to catch this problem and recall the vehicles before any personal injuries occurred. Ford will notify owners of the recalled vehicles to let them know when a replacement air bag wire will be available. It said it will begin notifications next month.
If you or a loved one has been injured by a recalled product, contact a personal injury lawyer in Seattle.