Ford recalls over 953,000 vehicles to replace inflators

Ford issues second major recall in two weeks

Ford said in a release that it is expanding the safety recall on vehicles with certain passenger frontal airbag inflators after Takata declared those inflators defective.

The recall includes 2010 Ford Edge and Lincoln MKX, the 2010 and 2011 Ford Ranger, the 2010 to 2012 Ford Fusion and Lincoln MKZ, the 2010 and 2011 Mercury Milan, and the 2010 to 2014 Ford Mustang.

The Associated Press reports that the recall includes 782,000 vehicles in the US, making it one of the largest series of recalls in USA history.

Some of the recalls on these models are limited by geographic area, so check your model against this complete list to see if it's affected, and learn more about the recall on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's website.

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Takata uses the chemical ammonium nitrate to create an explosion to inflate air bags. "Long-term exposure to high heat and humidity can cause these air bags to explode when deployed".

2010-11 Ford Ranger vehicles built at the Twin Cities plant in Minnesota between August 14, 2008, and June 21, 2014. Ford has previously agreed to pay $300 million to settle consumers' economic loss claims connected to the Takata recall.

But the automaker is recommending vehicle owners get to dealers as soon as possible for their replacement airbag, which is free. The faulty inflators are responsible for 15 confirmed deaths in the USA, federal investigators said in a report last month. And 10 million more inflators are scheduled to be recalled this month, including the Ford vehicles.

The recalls forced Takata of Japan to seek bankruptcy protection and sell most of its assets to pay for the fixes.

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