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Ford adds 953,000 vehicles to airbag recall due to safety risks

Ford Motor Co. on Jan. 4 expanded an existing airbag recall, adding over 953,000 vehicles in North America to the recall.

The carmaker expanded its Takata Corp. airbag inflator recall to include vehicles with certain passenger frontal airbag inflators, marking the fourth such planned expansion, according to Ford. The company said the expansion is in accordance with a National Highway Traffic Safety Administration remedy order coordinated with Takata. It includes additional model years within geographic zones identified by the agency.

Ford said it is not aware of any injuries associated with the latest recall of vehicles with passenger side frontal inflators.

The affected models in the expansion: Ford's 2010 Edge and Lincoln vehicles produced at the Oakville, Ontario, assembly plant; Ranger's 2010 and 2011 models built at the now closed Twin Cities assembly plant in St. Paul, Minn.; certain Fusion, Lincoln and Mercury Milan models years produced at an Hermosillo, Mexico, assembly plant; and certain Mustang models built at a Flat Rock, Mich., assembly plant. Dealers will replace airbag inflators free of charge.

TK Holdings Inc., the U.S. division of Japanese auto parts maker Takata, reached a settlement in February 2018 with 44 attorneys general over allegations that it concealed safety defects in its airbags, which reportedly led to fatalities and affected millions of vehicles. The company filed for bankruptcy in June 2017.

In a separate action Jan. 4, Ford also issued a new safety compliance recall.

The recall will affect about 87 EcoSport vehicles that have an insufficient weld in their seat backs, which could increase the risk of injury. Ford said it was not aware of any accidents from the condition. Dealers will replace the seats.

In separate actions unrelated to the airbags or compliance recalls, the carmaker recalled over 38,000 vehicles in November 2018 and 874,000 trucks in December 2018.