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Ford Recalls Millions of F-150 Trucks Due to Airbag Problems

 Dollarphotoclub_81695086-300x199.jpg Ford Motor Co. significantly expanded the recall of its best-selling vehicle - the Ford F-150 pickup truck - on April 14, 2001 to include nearly 1.2 million F-150 pickup trucks and 16,000 Lincoln Mark LT vehicles.  The recall is based on concerns that a possible short-circuit could cause airbags to deploy unexpectedly.  This recall is in addition to the previous recall of approximately 144,000 F-150 pickup trucks.  Overall, the recall affects approximately 1.32 million trucks with model years between 2004 and 2006. Ford has indicated that is not aware of any crashes or injuries caused by the problem.  The company will begin notifying vehicle owners of the recall in May 2011 and is requesting that they bring their vehicle to a dealer for repair at no cost.  The necessary repairs are expected to last less than half a day. Vehicle owners are asked to bring their vehicles into a dealer immediately if their airbag warning light is illuminated.  According to Ford, if the light is ignored, the driver's side front airbag could deploy unexpectedly in some circumstances. Recalls affecting cars and trucks are no rare occurrence.  In fact, according to federal data compiled by the Associated Press, more than 20 million vehicles were recalled in 2010 - the highest number since 2004.  If your vehicle is subject to a recall - whether it is this latest Ford recall or a separate recall - there are a number of things you can do to protect yourself.

  • Get your vehicle repaired. Many people fail to bring their vehicle into a dealer or mechanic to get the recommended repairs completed.  The repairs are free of charge so it is worth the effort to have the repairs performed.
  • Don't wait to get a car repaired if there is an immediate problem. There is usually a delay between the time when the media first reports on a recall and the time the letters are sent to vehicle owners by the recalling company.  If your vehicle is currently experiencing problems, you should promptly have the car inspected by a mechanic even if you have not received a recall notification letter.
  • Be informed. Pay attention to information about recalls conveyed through the media and search the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's database for recalls.  You can also sign up for email alerts through the website.
  • Keep your vehicle in proper and safe working condition. Have your vehicle routinely checked and serviced by an experienced mechanic.

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