Ford Motor Co. said Wednesday it will recall more than 144,000 F-150 pickup trucks for potential airbag problems.
The recall includes 2005 and 2006 model year pickup trucks sold in the U.S. and Canada. The automaker issued the recall after receiving reports from consumers of airbags inadvertently deploying. The airbag defect was traced to vehicles built during the first shift at the company’s now-closed Norfolk Assembly Plant.
Ford spokesman Wes Sherwood said, in a statement, that an improperly installed wire in the steering wheel can cause a short circuit to occur, illuminating the airbag maintenance lamp. If the vehicle is not serviced, the airbag could deploy, even if the vehicle has not experienced any impact.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration asked Ford to recall 1.3 million trucks including 2004 models. Federal safety regulators are reviewing the automaker’s recall plan to determine whether it is adequate.
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