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.
- 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: www.safecar.gov