Ford is recalling trucks in the US due to airbag failure

Ford is recalling trucks in the US due to airbag failure


Ford announced Thursday (19) the recall of 310,200 Super Duty pickup truck models in the United States due to a problem with the airbags being deactivated. According to the NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration) report, the pickup trucks that will be recalled were manufactured between December 1, 2014 and July 5, 2016 – all of them being the F-250, F-350, F-450 and F-550 and the 2016 line.

Documents from the US inspection agency indicate that the problem is caused by dust getting into the flywheel timing spring. The clock spring, in Ford vehicles, is the communication unit between the driver’s airbag and the steering column. Depending on the brand, friction caused by dust on the device can cause some or all of the electrical connections in the vehicle’s airbag to become disconnected.

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Ford analyzed data available from December 2021 to March 2022 to implement the airbag recall. According to the car manufacturer, the symptoms start with clicking and squeaking in the steering wheel. Then, if the problem persists, the ribbon cable disconnects from the side that controls the light and turns on the light on the steering wheel. As a result, the horn stops working and the airbag warning light flashes – erroneously – on the instrument panel.

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Ford also identified 11,200 reports between July 20, 2015, and December 10, 2021, of 2016 model year pickups with similar symptoms, including an air bag warning light. On the plus side, no accidents or injuries have been reported so far.

Owners will be notified between 5th and 8th July. Dealers, on the other hand, were instructed to have the flywheel timing spring replaced at an authorized dealer free of charge. According to Ford, the unit has a revised dust collector design that prevents dust from entering the wheel.

In addition to the airbag recall, Ford is also asking Expedition and Lincoln Navigator owners to take their vehicles to dealers because of the engine problem. According to the brand, 39,000 units of this line need to be recalled because the impellers can catch fire. They should also be parked away from buildings.

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