Ford F-150: Recall widened to include 1.2 million trucks

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Back in February we told you about Ford recalling 144,000 of its F-150 pickup trucks. The recall affected vehicles made from 2005 to 2006, and was down to the trucks having faulty airbags. Today we can give you the news that the Ford-150 recall has been widened to include 1.2 million trucks.

Jerry Hirsch from the Los Angeles Times is reporting that the recall is being widened to include trucks made in other factories in Dearborn, Mich., and Kansas City, Mo., in the 2004 and 2006 model years. Federal safety regulators have said there have been 269 incidents which makes it the biggest recall of its kind.

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Before the problem was thought to be confined to trucks built in the now closed plant in Norfolk, Va., during 2005 and 2006. The recall is voluntary and NHTSA Administrator David Strickland said he was “pleased” with the decision by Ford.

According to the NHTSA so far there have been around 98 injuries after the airbags suddenly deploying without being involved in an accident, and two owners suffered permanent eye damage. Ford had said before they were aware of 238 incidents causing 77 injuries but no fatalities.

The Ford F-series is the biggest selling truck in America, and was the top selling vehicle of any type last year. Ford has said the airbags have gone off after a warning lamp had gone off indicating the system should be checked. A wire which had been incorrectly installed in the steering wheel has been the cause of the problems.

Owners will be contacted by Ford to bring their trucks into their local dealer for correction work, which will take around half a day. Ford is also recalling the Lincoln Mark LT for the same fault.

Do you own one of the Ford trucks affected by the recall?