Ford expanding Takata air bag recall

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This graphic from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety shows an airbag expanding, shooting shrapnel toward the driver.

DETROIT (AP) — Ford is recalling 1 million Mustang and GT sports cars because their driver’s side air bags could potentially explode.

The air bags made by Takata Corp. can inflate with too much force, spewing shrapnel into the passenger compartment.

Ford recalled nearly 500,000 Mustangs and GTs for the problem in December. But facing government pressure, Takata agreed last week to expand the number of air bag inflators that need to be recalled to 33.8 million in the U.S.

As a result, Ford expanded its recall to include additional model years. Mustangs from the 2005 to 2014 model years are now included in the recall, as well as GTs from the 2005 and 2006 model years.

Ford will begin notifying owners next month. The company will replace the air bags for free.

 

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