After countless injuries and at least 23 deaths, Ford has been forced to begin the largest product recall in U.S. history after passenger airbag inflators started exploding and sending shrapnel flying at passengers.
The airbag inflators are made by Japanese company Takata, which has recalled 3.3 million airbags from various other car companies.
TL;DR At least 3.3 million airbag inflators have been recalled after they started exploding and sending shrapnel flying at passengers. Details about which cars have been impacted below...
At least 23 people have been killed worldwide by the airbag inflators since they began to explode. Transport Canada is not reporting any injuries as of yet in Canada, but the recall does include cars that many Canadians drive.
Sixteen of the deaths occurred in the United States and there have been over 100 injuries.
Canadian vehicles have not been counted or considered yet, despite Transport Canada's ongoing updates to the Takata recall campaign.
Ford has been forced to recall over 953,000 vehicles worldwide, of that 782,000 are in the United States, according to Global News.
The Ford vehicle recalls include:
- 2010 Ford Edge and Lincoln MKX
- 2010 and 2011 Ford Ranger
- Ford Fusions and Lincoln MKZs from 2010-2012
- 2010 and 2011 Mercury Milan
- 2010-2014 Ford Mustang
That said, Ford is not the only car manufacturer that has used the Takata inflator.
In particular, 2009, 2010 and 2013 cars made by Tesla, Audi, BMW, Mercedes-Benz, Honda, Toyota, Fiat Chrysler, Nissan, Mazda, Jaguar-Land Rover, Subaru, Mitsubishi, and General Motors, according to CBS.
There are also reports that the inflators are more prone to explosion in warm climates, so vehicles in the southern States are receiving first attention.
Despite no record of Canadian complaints of this kind of malfunction. Transport Canada has warned Canadians of some specific vehicles that may be of higher risk of failure than others.
Those vehicles include:
- 2001-2002 Honda Civic
- 2001-2002 Honda Accord
- 2001-2002 Acura EL
- 2002-2003 Acura TL
- 2002 Honda CR-V
- 2002 Honda Odyssey
- 2003 Acura CL
- 2003 Honda Pilot
There are also two cars that manufacturers are saying Canadians should simply STOP driving altogether:
- 2006 Ford Ranger, which Ford is advising owners to stop driving
- 2006 Mazda B-Series, which Mazda is advising owners to stop driving
You can check if your car is at risk on the Transport Canada website here.