Ford Motor Company announced this Wednesday it will recall about 144,000 F-150 pickup trucks in the United States and Canada because of a potential airbag problem. Government auto safety regulators asked Ford to recall 1.3 million of their trucks and the National Traffic Safety Administration has the power to make Ford recall the vehicles they asked them to. The NTSA is looking into the matter further and will soon decide if the recall Ford issued will be enough.
The 144,000 trucks Ford decided to recall were made between November 2004 and June 2005 at Ford’s Norfolk, Virginia assembly plant. Ford said they are recalling only the trucks made at this plant because the unwanted airbag deployments for the trucks made there is higher than in the F-150 trucks made at other factories.
Ford says the issue was caused by a wire in the steering wheel (where the airbag is housed) that was placed wrong. The material surrounding the wire can rub off and cause a short that can lead to the unwanted airbag deployment. The NTSA accused Ford of downplaying the issue and added that the rate of incidents will probably increase over time because of how the issue comes about. Ford countered that a warning light that the airbag requires servicing will light up multiple times before the deployment occurs.
As a San Diego car accident lawyer I would advise that if you own an f-150 manufactured between 2004 and 2005 take it to the dealership to be checked out. No matter which type of vehicle you have if your air bag service light is on get that fixed right away as well. The last thing you want is for your air bags to fail when you really need them.
And remember, if you are ever seriously injured due to a defect in any device or product, such as a product recall, it’s important to call a San Diego personal injury lawyer right away.