There’s a new Ford recall this morning, and this time it covers 144,000 F-150 pickups from model years 2005 and 2006. Per Ford spokesman Wes Sherwood, there is a “relatively low risk of air bag deployment” if the driver’s side air bag wires are chafed by a sharp edge of the horn plate, then short out. To date, the NHTSA has received 238 complaints of air bag deployment on 2005 and 2006 F-150 pickups, resulting in 77 injuries. Approximately 1.3 million F-150 pickups were built in this period, so even the instance of 238 air bag deployments is low compared to the general population of trucks.
Ford has been pressured by the NHTSA to recall all 1.3 million F-150s made during the period, but has steadfastly refused. They point out that the airbags deployed only after the airbag warning light was illuminated; in other words, the customers affected chose to ignore the airbag warning lights instead of bringing the truck in for service. To address the chafing issue, Ford added a piece of protective tape to the horn plate in January of 2006. Airbag wires were re-routed, and components improved, for the 2007 model year.
The recall affects 135,000 F-150s in the United States and 9,000 in Canada. If you own one of the trucks in the recall, expect to receive notice in the mail during the coming weeks. If your airbag light is on, schedule a service appointment with your Ford dealer as soon as possible; if it were me, I’d avoid driving the truck until the dealer can look at it. If you have questions, Ford’s U.S. Customer Service can be reached at (800) 392-3673 and their Canadian Customer Service can be reached at (800) 565-3673.
Source: Detroit News