The American car manufacturer Ford has to recall three million cars from the American transport watchdog NHTSA because of defective airbags from the Japanese manufacturer Takata.
Ford now has 30 days to work out a plan to notify affected owners and resolve the issue. An amount was not mentioned, but a recall of such magnitude will cost Ford many millions of dollars. The company has not yet responded to the decision.
According to NHTSA, these are airbags in the Ranger, Fusion and Edge models built between 2006 and 2012. Besides, certain types of Lincoln and Mercury brands are involved. Japanese carmaker Mazda also has to recall 5,800 cars.
Both companies had appealed the recalls, claiming that the airbag defect does not pose an immediate danger to the cars’ drivers and passengers.
In November, the largest US carmaker General Motors also had to repair 5.9 million cars after NHTSA declined an appeal. That cost GM $ 1.2 billion.
Faulty Takata airbags have been a problem in the automotive industry for years and have led to the largest ever car recall. Some airbags opened too quickly, throwing pieces of metal through the cars. These incidents are said to have caused 29 deaths and many injuries.
Takata pleaded guilty to manufacturing defects and was fined a billion dollars. The debacle led to the supplier’s bankruptcy in 2018.