Ford announced it would recall almost 150,000 Ford F-150 trucks to fix air bags that may deploy for no reason without warning. The recall is for F-150s trucks from the 2005-2006 model years.
Ford’s recall stops short of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s request that Ford recall 1.3 million F-150s. NHTSA said in a memo last year that it had learned of 238 cases of air bags improperly deploying in the F-150 that caused 77 injuries. Ford fixed the problem in production but, until now, left the trucks on the road without a recall.
This is not the first report of problems in the Ford F-150. Earlier this month, Ford issued a recall for 280,000 F-150 pickup trucks. That recall was to repair a handle defect which could allow the F-150s doors to open in the event of a car crash that hit the F-150 in the side, most commonly a t-bone accident. That recall was for Ford F-150s built between January 18, 2008 through November 30, 2009.
UPDATE: Recall Expanded to 1.2 Million on April 15th.