We expect the products and food we use and consume everyday to be safe, but unfortunately that is not always the case. Sometimes there are problems with the products that we use, which can result in recalls. One type of product that is often recalled is automobiles. Recently, the auto maker, Ford, has issued a recall because of the inflators in the airbags.
The recall comes as part of the Takata airbag recall. The airbags contain the chemical ammonium nitrate, which is used to create an explosion within the airbag to inflate them. Over time the chemical can deteriorate because of heat and humidity, thus leading to the possibility of the airbag exploding with too much force. If this occurs it can blow apart a metal canister designed to contain the explosion. If it explodes with too much force shrapnel can be hurled. Worldwide, at least 23 people have been killed by the faulty inflators and airbags.
The recall includes more than 953,000 Ford vehicles, including over 750,000 vehicles in the U.S. The vehicles included in the recall include:
- 2010 Ford Edge
- 2010 Lincoln MKX
- 2010 and 2011 Ford Ranger
- 2010, 2011 and 2012 Ford Fusion
- 2010, 2011, and 2012 Lincoln MKZ
- 2010 and 2011 Mercury Milan
- 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, and 2014 Ford Mustang
Ford states that it is not aware of anyone being injured in their vehicles because of the problem with the inflators. If you own one of the recalled vehicles, you should take your vehicle to a dealership, where they will replace the airbag inflators at no cost to the vehicle owners.