Ford to petition to avoid
U.S. recall of 2.5 million vehicles
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[July 22, 2017]
By David Shepardson
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Ford Motor Co <F.N>
will petition to avoid a U.S. recall of about 2.5 million vehicles with
Takata <7312.T> air-bag inflators that the Japanese auto supplier
declared defective last week, U.S. regulators and the automaker said on
Separately, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said
Nissan Motor Co <7201.T> agreed to recall 515,394 2007-2011 Versa cars
after Takata declared 2.7 million vehicles to have potentially defective
Ford spokesman John Cangany said the automaker will file a petition
requesting "to continue testing and analyzing our inflators." The NHTSA
said the petition will seek an exemption from the recall because Ford
believes the issue is inconsequential.
Ford said the issue covers 2.5 million vehicles, including the 2007-11
Ranger, 2006-12 Fusion and Lincoln MKZ, 2006-11 Mercury Milan, and
2007-10 Ford Edge and Lincoln MKX. Ford previously said it covered about
2.2 million vehicles.
Last week, the NHTSA said that new testing prompted Takata to declare
inflators defective in Ford, Nissan and Mazda Motor Corp <7261.T>
vehicles in some driver-side air bags built from 2012 through 2015.
The NHTSA said in a statement on Friday that "testing data shows that
the propellant in this inflator is degrading and on the path towards
potential ruptures in the future. There are no reported ruptures in the
real-world or in testing."
Takata air bag inflators are already linked to 17 deaths and more than
180 injuries worldwide, and the recalls will eventually cover about 125
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Nissan said last week it would recall 627,000 Versa cars from the 2007-12 model
years, including 515,000 in the United States "out of an abundance of caution."
Nissan said testing of 895 inflators showed no ruptures, while one "exhibited an
elevated internal pressure." Takata said the inflators potentially could rupture
"after several years of exposure to high absolute humidity."
Mazda said last week the issue impacts just 6,000 of 2007-09 B-series trucks
that were built under a previous Ford partnership. The company said on Friday
that it also plans to file a petition to avoid a recall.
Ford shares fell 1.5 percent on Friday to close at $11.53.
The automakers have 30 days to submit their petitions, and the NHTSA will then
take public comment before making a decision.
More than 65 percent of 46.2 million previously recalled Takata airbag inflators
in the United States have not been repaired. The issue is the largest-ever
auto-safety recall, covering 17 automakers.
Takata filed for bankruptcy protection in June.
(Editing by Bernadette Baum and Leslie Adler)
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