Ford recalls 1.2 million F 150 pickup

April 15th, 2011 - 1:49 am ICT by Aishwarya Bhatt  

New York, April 14 (THAINDIAN NEWS) Ford has issued a recall for nearly 1.2 million vehicles because of concerns that the airbags in the cars may be defective. The affected cars are the F-150 pickup trucks.

Ford initially recalled about 150,000 of the trucks but the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration pressured the automaker to expand the recall to include all the 1.2 million trucks that were manufactured between 2004 and 2006. The NHTSA announced the additional recall on Thursday after Ford Motor Co. agreed to expand the recall. The first recall was issued in February.

Ford in a statement explained that a wire connecting the airbag can become chafed which might lead to unexpected inflation. The incident can cause an accident but Ford said there has been no reported incident of crash due to the defective airbag.

Ford said owners of the affected trucks would be notified in May and they would be directed to send their vehicles to a dealer who would fix it for them. The company explained that fixing the wire would take less than 12 hours.

F-150 is part of the famous F Series. About 60 percent of all F-Series sold in the United States are F-150.

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