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Nearly 3 Million Ford, Mercury, Lincoln Vehicles Recalled Over Takata Airbags

Ford Motor Company is recalling select units of the Ford Ranger, Ford Fusion, Mercury Milan, Lincoln Zephyr/MKZ, Ford Edge and Lincoln MKX vehicles over an issue with obsolete Takata airbag modules that were not purged from dealer service inventories after a permanent fix for the defective units became available. The recall began on March 12th, 2021.

The defect: affected models contain defective Takata driver’s side airbag inflators that can rupture during airbag deployment, resulting in injury or death.

The hazards: the airbag inflators contain calcium sulfate, a desiccant that can degrade in high humidity environments, leading to a possible rupture if the vehicle is involved in a collision.

Ford Motor Company is not aware of any reports of accident or injury related to this condition.

Components: driver’s side airbag modules by Takata.

Affected vehicles:

  • 2007-2011 Ford Ranger vehicles
  • 2006-2012 Ford Fusion vehicles
  • 2006-2011 Mercury Milan vehicles
  • 2006-2012 Lincoln MKZ vehicles
  • 2007-2010 Ford Edge vehicles
  • 2007-2010 Lincoln MKX vehicles

Number of vehicles affected: approximately 2,920,815 combined units of the Ford Ranger, Ford Fusion, Mercury Milan, Lincoln Zephyr/MKZ, Ford Edge, and Lincoln MKX, with:

  • Approximately 2.6 million units in the U.S. and federal territories
  • 274,737 units in Canada
  • 46,078 units in Mexico

The fix: dealers will replace the driver’s front airbag inflator or airbag module.

Owners should: wait for the recall notice to arrive by mail, and contact their local Ford dealer with any questions.


  • Ford Customer Service: 1-866-436-7332
  • FoMoCo Recall Number: 21S12
  • NHTSA Toll Free: 1-888-327-4236
  • NHTSA (TTY): 1-800-424-9153
  • NHTSA Website:

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Ed owns a 1986 Ford Taurus LX, and he routinely daydreams about buying another one, a fantasy that may someday become a reality.

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  1. JimL

    I had a black Fusion Sport AWD exactly like the one in this picture. It was, up until my 2019 Bullitt, the absolute best car I’ve ever had. Fun as hell to drive, and with snow tires an absolute tank in the snow. And reliable! I had 168,000 trouble-free miles on it, going for 200,000, when some asshole texting in a Rav4 hit it from behind at full speed when my family was sitting stopped at a red light. Totaled. But in its last act, it protected my family. The Klingons would say it died with great honor.

    1. Mick1

      To die in battle is a great honor. Yours was a meaningless death.

  2. No

    If you have one of these relics still on the road, the airbag is the least of your problems.

  3. JimL

    @Mick1 It did die in battle, I figure. It died defending its crew.
    @No You must not have owned one of these “relics”. They were great vehicles.

  4. Willuam

    These cars were among the best Ford has made. Too bad they didn’t continue making them.


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