For more information on the Takata airbag recall, click here. 10/27/14Just the Facts:
- The 2005-'07 Ford Mustang is included in the 58,669 Ford vehicles with Takata airbags set for what the automaker is calling a "field service action."
- Other Ford vehicles scheduled for the field service action are the 2005-'06 Ford GT and certain 2004 Ford Rangers.
- The affected vehicles are in Florida, Hawaii, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
DEARBORN, Michigan — The 2005-'07 Ford Mustang is included in the 58,669 Ford vehicles with Takata airbags set for what the automaker is calling a "field service action."
The affected vehicles are in Florida, Hawaii, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
This is part of a larger action announced on Monday by several automakers in recalls or regional field actions linked to airbag supplier Takata following a National Highway Traffic Safety Administration investigation.
Earlier this month, NHTSA opened an investigation into 1.1 million vehicles in the U.S. from five automakers for problems with airbags that may rupture during deployment.
As of Monday morning, Chrysler, Nissan and Mazda had also announced actions to replace airbag inflators, but those automakers did not label them recalls. Honda recalled approximately 2 million vehicles to replace one or both front Takata airbag inflators and said it was labeling the action a "recall" so that consumers would take it seriously.
Ford said it is conducting the field service action at the "direction" of NHTSA, which oversees vehicle recalls in the U.S.
"While neither NHTSA nor Ford has determined that a safety defect exists in these vehicles, Ford is cooperating with the agency's request to conduct a field service action to gather airbag inflators to support its investigation into inflators produced by Takata during a specific build period," Ford said in a statement on Monday. "NHTSA is concerned that humidity may be a contributing factor to airbag inflators that do not function properly during deployment and has asked that vehicles in Florida, Hawaii, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands be included in this action."
Ford added: "We are not aware of any reports of this issue in any Ford vehicles."
In a letter from Takata to federal safety regulators on June 11, 2014 and posted on the NHTSA Web site, the supplier noted: "These requested field actions (by the various automakers) would be analogous to 'regional recalls.'"
Ford did not spell out a timetable for the field service action. Owners can contact Ford at 1-866-436-7332.
Edmunds says: Affected owners of these Ford vehicles will have to wait until they get official notification from Ford before taking action. But if you have an immediate concern with your vehicle, get in touch with your dealer.