Look who’s back in the news – Takata airbag inflators, the long-running nemesis of peace and joy, will need to be replaced in 953,000 Ford vehicles. Ford dealers will replace the passenger frontal airbag inflators or modules, but the automaker didn't announce when the recall will begin.
Ford has reluctantly settled a class-action lawsuit for using defective Takata airbags.
Although agreeing to settle the case without the court deciding right or wrong, Ford continues to deny all liability and wrongdoing concerning the vehicles. The automaker says it decided to settle to get the matter over with and avoid the cost of further litigation.
Earlier this year Ford issued a regional recall for vehicles with Takata airbag inflators in areas of high humidity. The thought was humidity is to blame for the inflators failing under pressure, but the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) believes the product is doomed to fail regardless of location.
Ford is issuing a recall for 59,000 Takata airbag inflators. The automaker has named the affected vehicles as the 2005-2007 Mustang, 2005-2006 GT, and 2004 Ranger vehicles.