The U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and Ford Motor Company expanded their recall of Ford F-150 trucks due to a possible circuitry problem that causes the driver's airbag to deploy unexpectedly.
Recall By the Numbers
Today's Ford recall update affects an additional 1.2 million Ford F-150 trucks and the initial 144,000 trucks involved in the February 2011 recall. The updated recall also includes 16,000 Lincoln Mark LT cars, making the total number of vehicles involved 1.33 million, according to a Reuters news report.
The vehicles affected by the recall were manufactured from 2004 through 2006.
Notifications Begin in May
Ford, the parent company of Lincoln, will begin notifying affected customers at the start of May. But, with several weeks to go before letters reach mailboxes, Ford and Lincoln drivers should check their dashboard now.
If the airbag warning light is illuminated, Ford recommends taking the vehicle to a Ford Authorized service center immediately. Repairs affiliated with the Ford recall are expected to take less than half a day and are free of charge.
Do you drive a Ford F-150 or Lincoln Mark LT? If you've had the Ford recall item repaired or received any notification from the vehicle manufacturer, share your experiences in the comments below.
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