Ford and Chrysler are expanding their recalls of vehicles equipped with defective Takata airbags that could explode in the event of a crash and send shrapnel injuring or killing vehicle occupants they were initially meant to protect. The defective Takata air bag inflators are related to at least five deaths and a number of injuries.
Ford recall expansion affects the following models
• 2004-2005 Ford Ranger pickups manufactured at Ford’s Edison Assembly Plant on August 12, 2003 – March 1, 2004
• 2004-2005 Ford Ranger pickups manufactured at Ford’s Twin Cities Assembly Plant on May 21, 2003 – May 4, 2005
• 2005-2006 Ford GT models manufactured at Ford’s Wixom Assembly Plant on February 11, 2005 -January 30, 2006
Ford has pointed out pressure from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) as a key factor behind the expansion. Ford recall affects vehicles in Florida, Hawaii, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, while the expansion “adds certain zip codes with high absolute humidity conditions in Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, Texas, Guam, Saipan and American Samoa, per NHTSA’s request,” reads the automaker`s official statement.
Ford recall expansion brings total number of called back cars to approximately 98,000, 38,500 of which are registered in the U.S.
Chrysler expands recall involving 149,150 older-model pickup trucks in seven U.S. states and five territories. The campaign covers 2003-model-year Ram 1500, 2500 and 3500 pickups. The recall is limited to vehicles sold or ever registered in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Louisiana, Mississippi, Texas and the territories of American Samoa, Guam, Puerto Rico, Saipan, and the Virgin Islands.
The automaker reports that no injuries are related to the recall issue.
Chrysler will begin notifying customers about the recall on Jan. 19, 2015.