Detroit’s Ford to recall 3 million US vehicles over faulty air bags, to spend $610mln



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Detroit’s Ford to recall 3 million US vehicles over faulty air bags, to spend $610mln

Later this week, Ford Motor Co., the Detroit-based third-largest carmaker in the United States which gave away its position last year following a meteoric 800 per cent rise in Tesla Inc.’s market valuation, had issued a statement saying that it would recall as many as 3 million US vehicles over potentially flawed air bag inflators susceptible to risks of rupture in certain circumstances.

On top of that, the American multinational automaker had also added that its latest move to recall nearly 3 million American units would come up with a hefty header of $610 million, while the Detroit-carmaker would add the expenses on its fourth-quarterly earnings’ report.

More importantly, latest recall of 3 million Ford vehicles in the United States followed an order from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) that asked Ford Motor Co. to issue a recall for driver-side air bag inflators, rebuffing a Ford Motor Co.

petition filed in 2017 aimed at averting the recall. Besides, the recall, the largest in US history ever, was largely prompted by a defect in driver-side air-bag inflators which in rare circumstances could rupture and lead to potential injuries, while 67 million inflators were recalled so far in the United States.

Ford to recall 3 million vehicles in the US, to take $600-million hit

More importantly, this has not been the first time a major automotive industry giant had been hit with a hefty header on Takata airbag inflators issue, while over 100 million vehicles from 19 big-league automakers were recalled across the globe over recent years after potentially flawed Takata inflators had led to the deaths of at least 27 people and 400 injuries worldwide.

Meanwhile, followed by the NHTSA order to issue a recall for driver-side inflators, Ford said in a statement, “We believe our extensive data demonstrated that a safety recall was not warranted for the driver-side airbag.

However, we respect NHTSA’s decision and will issue a recall. According to NHTSA order issued on Tuesday, the Ford Motor Co vehicles which had been subjected to a recall involved wide-ranging models between 2006 to 2012 such as Ranger, Fusion, Edge, Mercury Milan, Lincoln MKX and Lincoln Zephyr/MKZ.