Ford has announced a recall of 2.9 million vehicles with Takata airbags that may degrade over time and explode.
The dangerous front driver-side airbags were equipped with calcium sulfate desiccant, and were installed in the following vehicles:
• 2006–2012 Ford Fusion
• 2007–2010 Ford Edge
• 2007–2011 Ford Ranger
• 2006–2011 Mercury Milan
• 2006–2012 Lincoln Zephyr
• 2006–2012 Lincoln MKZ
• 2007–2010 Lincoln MKX
These airbags may explode after prolonged exposure to high humidity and moisture, a problem reported in many similar recalls of Takata airbags from multiple automakers.
Ford filed a petition in 2017, saying that the recall is not necessary because the desiccant absorbs moisture, but the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration denied this petition.
The recall will begin the week of April 1, when Ford dealerships will replace the airbag inflators or modules.