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Recall 17V787000

Driver's Frontal Air Bag Inflator Ruptures During Deployment Spraying Metal Fragments

Recall Details

The driver's frontal air bag inflator may rupture on deployment, causing metal fragments to come through the air bag and injure occupants. During a previous recall, an interim inflator was installed, and now a final repair must be completed. Dealers will replace the drivers frontal air bag inflator free of charge to resolve the concern.

Our Quick Take

The driver's frontal air bag assembly is deployed by an inflator which contains propellant that makes the air bag deploy. Excessive internal pressure may cause the inflator to rupture on deployment, which can send metal shrapnel through the air bag striking vehicle occupants. This could result in serious injury or death.

What Should You Do?

Recall repairs on your Ford must be performed by a Ford dealership. Ford will notify known owners of affected vehicles beginning in December, 2017. If you do not receive a notification, but wish to check to see if your vehicle is included, please contact one of your local Ford dealerships. They will also check for any other incomplete recalls on your vehicle. For best results, be prepared to provide your Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) to the service department consultant you speak with. The Ford recall number is 17S42.

Affected Cars

Body, Interior & Misc., December 11, 2017

Original Recall from the NHTSA

Manufacturer's Report Date
December 11, 2017
NHTSA Action Number
EA15001
Potential Number of Units Affected
361,523
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number
17V787000
Component
AIR BAGS
Summary
Ford Motor Company (Ford) is superseding a previous recall for certain 2004-2006 Ford Ranger trucks to implement a final repair. Upon deployment of the driver side frontal air bag, excessive internal pressure may cause the inflator to rupture.
Consequence
In the event of a crash necessitating deployment of the driver's frontal air bag, the inflator could rupture with metal fragments striking the vehicle occupants potentially resulting in serious injury or death.
Remedy
Ford will notify owners, and dealers will replace the driver's frontal air bag inflator with an alternate inflator, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin December 26, 2017, and will be launched in phases through the end of March 2018. Owners may contact Ford customer service at 1-866-436-7332. Ford's number for this recall is 17S42. Note: This recall supersedes recall 16V-036 which was an interim repair. Vehicles that received a replacement air bag inflator under the previous campaign need to return to a dealer to have an alternate inflator installed.
Notify
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
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