In November, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration urged automakers to expand a recall of Takata-manufactured airbags, and Ford has announced it's doing just that. Following Honda and Mazda, Ford has decided to expand its Takata airbag recall nationwide. The affected airbags when they deploy can launch shrapnel into passengers; incidents were observed in high-humidity areas, prompting 10 automakers to issue regional recalls affecting scores of 2000s-era models registered in states such as Florida.
Ford says the nationwide recall expansion affects 502,489 vehicles, an addition of 447,310 vehicles, bringing the automaker's total count of affected vehicles to 538,977. Vehicles included in the expansion are the 2005-08 Ford Mustang built between Aug. 18, 2004, and June 25, 2007, and the 2005-06 Ford GT built between Feb. 11, 2005, and Jan. 30, 2006.
The automaker is aware of one injury that may be related to the recall, it said in a statement. Ford has not yet issued an owner-notification schedule, but dealers will replace the airbag inflator for free. Customers with questions can call Ford at 866-436-7332 for more information.