The Driver's Air Bag Could Deploy Without Warning
Body, Interior & Misc., February 21, 2011
RepairPal Expert Overview
Our Quick Take:
Wires in the steering wheel could be damaged, causing the driver's air bag to deploy without warning. Injury or loss of vehicle control may occur if the air bag deploys unexpectedly.
In early April 2011, this recall has been expanded to include more F-150 models in the 2005-2006 year range of the original recall. Some 2004 F-150 and 2006 Lincoln Mark LT vehicles have also been added. The recall of the additional models is scheduled to begin by May 9, 2011.
What Should You Do?
We at RepairPal have designated this a high priority recall; the driver's air bag may deploy without warning. Please contact your Ford dealer. They will check to see if your specific vehicle is affected and advise you on what to do next. Always have your vehicle identification number (VIN) handy when you call.
The clock spring jumper wire behind the driver's air bag may come into contact with the lower horn plate, resulting in damage to the wiring. If this occurs, the air bag warning light may illuminate or the driver's air bag could deploy unexpectedly, increasing the risk of injury or a loss of vehicle control. Dealers will replace the jumper wire with a new design, which includes a protective mesh cover. This recall is expected to begin on February 28, 2011.
Manufacturer's Report Date:
February 21, 2011
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number:
NHTSA Action Number:
AIR BAGS:FRONTAL:DRIVER SIDE INFLATOR MODULE
Potential Number of Units Affected:
FORD IS RECALLING CERTAIN MODEL YEAR 2005 AND 2006 F-150 VEHICLES MANUFACTURED AT THE NORFOLK ASSEMBLY PLANT FROM NOVEMBER 1, 2004, THROUGH JUNE 30, 2005. IF THE CLOCKSPRING JUMPER WIRE COMES IN CONTACT WITH THE DRIVER SIDE FRONTAL AIR BAG LOWER HORN PLATE, THE WIRE INSULATION MAY BECOME CHAFED, CREATING A POTENTIAL FOR A SHORT CIRCUIT. IF THIS OCCURS THE AIR BAG WARNING LAMP MAY ILLUMINATE INDICATING THAT SERVICE IS REQUIRED.
THE DRIVER SIDE FRONTAL AIR BAG COULD INADVERTENTLY DEPLOY INCREASING THE RISK OF INJURY OR CONTROL LOSS IF OCCURRING WHILE THE VEHICLE IS IN MOTION.
FORD WILL NOTIFY OWNERS AND INSTRUCT THEM TO TAKE THEIR VEHICLES TO A FORD OR LINCOLN/MERCURY DEALER TO HAVE A NEW CLOCKSPRING JUMPER WIRE INSTALLED THAT INCORPORATES A PROTECTIVE MESH COVER. REPAIRS WILL BE PERFORMED FREE OF CHARGE. THE SAFETY RECALL IS EXPECTED TO BEGIN ON OR ABOUT FEBRUARY 28, 2011. OWNERS MAY CONTACT FORD MOTOR COMPANY CUSTOMER RELATIONSHIP CENTER AT 1-866-436-7332.
FORD'S RECALL CAMPAIGN NUMBER IS 11S18. OWNERS MAY ALSO CONTACT THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION'S VEHICLE SAFETY HOTLINE AT 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), OR GO TO HTTP://WWW.SAFERCAR.GOV.
Recall data provided by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration