Ford issues safety recall for 32,000 vehicles over airbag defect

WASHINGTON — Ford Motor Co. has issued a safety recall on nearly 32,000 new-model Ford Edge and Lincoln MKX SUVs and 2017 Lincoln Continentals to replace Takata air bag equipment.

In a recall notice, Ford said it was notified by the airbag manufacturer that some driver-side frontal air bag cushions may not inflate as intended.

Ford said it is not aware of any accidents or injuries associated with the issue. Dealers will replace the air bags for free, the automaker said.

Affected vehicles include:

  • 2016-17 Ford Edge vehicles built at Oakville Assembly Plant, Oct. 8, 2015 to Feb. 15, 2017
  • 2016-17 Lincoln MKX vehicles built at Oakville Assembly Plant, Nov. 11, 2014 to Feb. 15, 2017
  • 2017 Lincoln Continental vehicles built at Flat Rock Assembly Plant, Jan. 13, 2016 to Jan. 18, 2017

The problem is not related to defective Takata air bag inflators that could potentially rupture in a crash, Ford said. That defect, which led to the largest product recall in U.S. history, was blamed for the deaths of at least 16 people around the world and led to fraud charges against the Japanese auto supplier.


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