The list of recalled vehicles, with driver’s-side airbag problems, has been expanded to the whole country, rather than only selected states with high humidity.
The recalled vehicles’ airbags have inflators that can burst and send metal fragments into the passenger side.
Previously, cars with the inflators were recalled only in areas along the Gulf Coast, because the high humidity causes the airbag propellant to burn faster. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) said it is basing its decision on an incident that happened outside of the Gulf Coast.
“We now know that millions of vehicles must be recalled to address defective Takata air bags and our aggressive investigation is far from over,” NHTSA Deputy Administrator David Friedman said.
The safety agency investigated Ford after receiving a complaint on October 30 from the driver of a 2007 Mustang in North Carolina. The Mustang was going 35 mph when it rear-ended another vehicle, causing the airbag to deploy and a metal fragment to injure the driver’s leg.
The crash occurred outside of the previous recall boundaries. North Carolina doesn’t have as high levels of humidity as Florida and other Gulf states.
For more information or concerns, vehicle owners can call the NHTSA safety hotline at 888-327-4236.