DEARBORN, Michigan — Ford on Thursday expanded its recall of vehicles with Takata driver-side airbag inflators nationwide, saying it was taking the action in response to a request from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
Previously, Ford had limited the Takata recall to high-humidity states. The recall now includes the U.S., Canada, Mexico and areas outside of North America.
The recall now includes approximately 502,489 vehicles, an addition of approximately 447,310 vehicles.
The expanded recall includes 2005-'08 Ford Mustang cars built August 18, 2004 to June 25, 2007 at the Flat Rock Assembly Plant and 2005-'06 Ford GT cars built February 11, 2005 to January 30, 2006 at the Wixom Assembly Plant.
Ford said it is aware of one accident with an injury that may be related to the recall.
The defective airbag inflators can explode, shooting metal fragments at vehicle occupants. The Takata airbags have been linked to five deaths, but none in Ford vehicles.
Ford dealers will replace the airbag inflator in the affected cars. Ford spokeswoman Kelli Felker told Edmunds that a date has not been set for the expanded recall.
"It's OK to drive these cars," she said in a phone conversation. "The best advice for consumers is to call your dealer to find out if your vehicle has been recalled or go to www.ford.com and then to safety recalls to check."
She added: "If your vehicle falls between these dates (mentioned above), the car is being recalled."
Edmunds says: Since it is unknown when official recall notices will go out in the mail, it's critical that you stay in touch with your dealer if you own one of these cars.