Dearborn — Ford Motor Co. issued a safety recall for three 2016-2017 models to replace potentially faulty Takata Corp. airbags.
The automaker on Thursday said it is recalling approximately 32,000 2016-17 Ford Edge, 2016-17 Lincoln MKX and 2017 Lincoln Continental vehicles to replace the frontal driver airbag.
“Ford was notified by Takata that certain driver frontal airbag cushions installed in these vehicles may not inflate as intended,” the automaker said in a statement. In the event that airbag is deployed, the device might not inflate completely, or the airbag cushion might detach from airbag module, which may increase the risk of driver injury, according to a statement.
Ford said it is not aware of any incidents or injuries related to the issue.
The vehicles affected include:
2016-17 Ford Edge vehicles built at Oakville Assembly Plant, Oct. 8, 2015 to Feb. 15, 2017
2016-17 Lincoln MKX vehicles built at Oakville Assembly Plant, Nov. 11, 2014 to Feb. 15, 2017
2017 Lincoln Continental vehicles built at Flat Rock Assembly Plant, Jan. 13, 2016 to Jan. 18, 2017
Dealers will replace the airbags at no cost to the customer, Ford said. The recall reference number is 17C02.
The safety concern is not related to Takata’s non-desiccated ammonium nitrate airbag inflators that are subject to propellant degradation and potential rupture in a crash, which the Japanese auto parts company has been in U.S. court over. On Monday, the company pleaded guilty to wire fraud and agreed to pay $1 billion in criminal penalties stemming from the company’s fraudulent conduct related to sales of those airbags.
In a separate federal court in Miami on Monday, lawyers for victims and their families suing Takata and five automakers — Honda, Toyota, Nissan, Ford and BMW — allege the car companies knew Takata’s air bags were dangerous, yet continued to use them for years they were inexpensive.
Ford said Monday it would respond to that pending litigation through the “appropriate legal channels.”
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