Ford Recalls 816,000 Vehicles to Replace Takata Airbag Inflators

Takata airbags force more Ford, Lincoln and Mercury vehicles to be recalled.

Posted in Recalls

— Ford is recalling more than 816,000 Ford, Lincoln and Mercury vehicles to replace passenger-side frontal Takata airbag inflators as part of a recent Takata recall of 5.7 million inflators.

Ford Fusion and Mustang, Lincoln Zephyr and MKZ

Ford is recalling the 2012 Ford Fusion and Mustang, and Lincoln Zephyr and MKZ if the vehicles were originally sold or ever registered in the following Zone A locations:

Alabama, California, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Louisiana, Mississippi, South Carolina, Texas, Puerto Rico, American Samoa, Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands (Saipan) and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Ford Ranger, Edge, Fusion and Mustang, Lincoln MKX, MKZ, Zephyr and Mercury Milan

Next up are vehicles recalled if they were originally sold or ever registered in Zone B areas, those vehicle being the 2009 Ford Ranger, Edge, Fusion and Mustang, Lincoln MKX, MKZ, Zephyr and Mercury Milan.

Zone B locations include the following states:

Arizona, Arkansas, Delaware, District of Columbia, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Maryland, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Virginia and West Virginia.

Additional recalled vehicles include the following:

  • 2007-2008 Ford Ranger
  • 2007-2008 Ford Edge
  • 2007-2008 Lincoln MKX
  • 2006-2008 Ford Fusion
  • 2006-2008 Mercury Milan
  • 2006-2008 Lincoln Zephyr
  • 2006-2008 Lincoln MKZ
  • 2005-2008 Ford Mustang
  • 2005-2006 Ford GT

Unless included Zone A or Zone B, the above vehicles are recalled if they were originally sold or ever registered in:

Alaska, Colorado, Connecticut, Idaho, Iowa, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Montana, New Hampshire, New York, North Dakota, Oregon, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Utah, Vermont, Washington, Wisconsin and Wyoming.

All the vehicles need new passenger-side frontal airbag inflators, but Ford doesn't know when those replacement inflators will be available. Ford is planning on mailing interim letters to let owners know about the recall, then second notices will be mailed once parts are available.

If you live in one of the areas listed above and own one of the affected vehicles, Ford can be contacted at 866-436-7332. Ford's number for this recall is 17S01.

Ford has ordered previous recalls in 2014 and 2015 to replace Takata airbags, but one of those recalls was only a regional recall in Florida, Puerto Rico, Hawaii and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Then in January 2016, Ford recalled 391,000 Ranger trucks after the death of 52-year-old Joel Knight, who was killed while driving a 2006 Ford Ranger in South Carolina. The truck struck a cow in the road and traveled off the road and hit a fence.

CarComplaints.com has complaints about the vehicles named in the Takata airbag recall: