Ford Australia has today announced details of its recall for vehicles fitted with faulty Takata airbag inflators.
As required under the compulsory recall program announced earlier this week, Ford will first contact owners of the oldest affected vehicles before working its way up to newer vehicles with a lesser risk. Customers in areas of high heat and humidity will likewise be prioritised.
Totalling around 107,800 cars, affected vehicles include examples of the older Econovan, Courier and Ranger lines, along with immediately previous- and current-generation Mondeo passenger cars. A full list is below.
Ford says none of its vehicles with Takata-manufactured airbags are equipped with the older and more dangerous ‘alpha’ airbag inflators. More, the company says it is also “not aware” of any ruptures, in Australia or around the world, of the ‘SDI-160’ and ‘SDI-230’ inflators that were installed in local models.
Ford has not yet loaded the VINs (vehicle identification number) of affected vehicles into its online customer-accessible search engine, but the company has distributed a list to dealers and concerned owners are urged to contact their nearest showroom or Ford directly on 13 3673 (13 FORD).
“Ford is committed to addressing potential issues and responding quickly to our customers. Ford has been working with the ACCC for a number of months and we support and will comply with the requirements of the compulsory recall issued in Australia,” the company said in a statement today.
Total – approx. 107,800 vehicles
The Takata airbag recall affects more than 100 million vehicles and nearly 20 automotive brands around the world. Among those are more than four million vehicles in Australia, the equivalent of four years of nationwide sales.
Globally, there have been 20 deaths linked to the scandal, and 230 serious injuries. One Australian motorist lost their life to a faulty Takata airbag in July 2017, one month after another Australian driver was seriously injured.
In February 2018, the recall of vehicles affected by the faulty Takata airbags was made compulsory under law.