DEARBORN, Michigan — Ford on Thursday said it will expand an existing recall of vehicles equipped with defective Takata airbags to cover 1,509,535 cars and trucks, including the 2005-'14 Ford Mustang coupe.
The 2005-'14 Mustang built at Flat Rock Assembly Plant is being recalled to replace defective driver-side airbag inflators.
The recall also includes the 2005-'06 Ford GT coupe built at Wixom Assembly Plant. The driver-side airbag inflators will be replaced in those cars.
The 2004 Ford Ranger trucks built at Edison Assembly Plant and 2004-'06 Ford Rangers built at Twin Cities Assembly Plant are also being recalled for faulty passenger-side airbag inflators.
The defective "inflator could rupture with metal fragments striking the vehicle occupants, potentially resulting in serious injury or death," said the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) in its recall summary.
"As disclosed in November 2014, Ford is aware of one airbag deployment that might be related to the issue, in which a driver's leg was injured by a metal fragment when the airbag deployed after a crash," Ford said in a statement. "Ford has not seen any other inflator ruptures on Ford vehicles in the field or in testing to date."
A total of 1,380,604 recalled Ford vehicles are in the U.S. and its federalized territories. The rest are in Canada and Mexico.
Ford dealers will replace the defective airbag inflators. The expanded Ford recall is expected to begin on July 13 for all affected vehicles.
Ford says customers who want to know if their vehicle is included in these recalls can visit Ford.com and click on "safety recalls" at the bottom on the page. They can enter their Vehicle Identification Number to check on open recalls. Owners can also call Ford customer service at 1-866-436-7332.
Consumers may also contact the NHTSA hotline at 1-888-327-4236 or check the NHTSA Recalls Spotlight microsite.
U.S. safety regulators last week ordered Japanese supplier Takata to expand the recall of potentially defective air bags to cover nearly 34 million vehicles, making it the largest automotive safety recall in U.S. history.
Edmunds says: Ford owners affected by the expanded Takata recall should stay in close touch with their dealers for the latest information.