The move includes more than 782,000 motor vehicles in the United States. It is one of the largest recalls series in United States history.
Dealers from all around the U.S. and several other countries can order the parts to be replaced. These parts are made available by the company since piese auto ford availability had been a problem in the previous Takata recalls.
Catalog AltGrad Auto is a Romanian company which deal with piese ford.
The reason for the worldwide recall is to replace the Takata passenger airbag inflators because they can explode and throw shrapnel.
The models included are
- 2010 Lincoln MKX and Ford Edge
- 2011 Ford Ranger
- 2010 to 2012 Lincoln MKZ and Ford Fusion
- 2010 to 2011 Mercury Milan
- 2010 to 204 Ford Mustang
Some recalls could be limited to the specific geographic areas in the United States.
Takata used a chemical called Ammonium Nitrate to make an explosion in order to inflate the air bags. But, over time, humidity and heat can deteriorate it causing it to explode with way too much force.
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This explosion blows apart the metal canister designed to control and contain the explosion. A minimum of 23 persons have been killed and hundreds have been injured worldwide by these inflators.
According to Ford, it does not know of any type of injuries in the vehicles that are part of this recall. Catalog AltGrad Auto and such dealers will be replacing the inflators.
The owners of the recalled vehicles will be notified by Ford. The recall will be starting on February 18.
According to the annual report given by the court-appointed and government monitor, one-third of the inflators that were recalled have not been replaced, in more than 3 years, since the United States National Highway Traffic Safety Administration got the authority to manage the recalls regarding Takata inflators.
According to the report, 50 million inflators were recalled, out of which 16.7 million are yet to be replaced. Also, according to the schedule another 10 million inflators will be recalled this month, which includes the Ford vehicles. Honda also recalled its 1.4 million vehicles a month ahead of schedule in September.
According to the safety advocates, the rate of completion should be a lot higher than the present rate, considering the danger associated with these inflators.
Takata of Japan was forced, by this recall, to ask for look for bankruptcy protection. To make the payment for the fixes, they had to sell a lot of their assets.
As the time passes the inflators grow more and more dangerous. The reason for this is that Ammonium Nitrate deteriorates because of hot to cold temperature cycles and high humidity. It is said that the southern areas which have high humidity along the Gulf of Mexico have the most dangerous inflators.