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Ford Widens F-150 Recall by 1.2 Million Trucks

by Christopher Jensen

April 14, 2011

Under pressure from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Ford has agreed to recall an additional 1.2 million pickup trucks because the driver’s air bag may inadvertently deploy.

The models are the 2004-6 F-150s and the 2006 Lincoln Mark LT, a sibling.

In February, Ford recalled about 135,000 F-150s in the United States from the 2005-6 model years, but that was about one-tenth of the number the safety agency said should be recalled.

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Questions and Intrigue After Recall of Ford F-150

By CHRISTOPHER JENSEN
Ford’s recall on Wednesday of 135,000 F-150 pickup trucks, conducted because the driver’s air bag may inadvertently deploy, could be seen as a laudable act of corporate responsibility. But for the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, which has called for 10 times as many vehicles to be recalled, it is a rebuff and a challenge.
The agency says its investigation into 1.3 million F-150s revealed a significant number of incidents involving inadvertent air-bag deployments, the largest such number “in N.H.T.S.A. history.”

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Toyota Recalls 308,000 RAV4 and Highlanders for Faulty Air-Bag Sensors

by Christopher Jensen

4/22/11

More than three years after Toyota first learned that its curtain-shield air bags could deploy without a crash, the automaker is recalling almost 308,000 sport utility vehicles.

The recall covers about 214,000 RAV4s from the 2007-8 model years and 94,000 Highlander and Highlander hybrids from 2008, the automaker informed the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration on Thursday.

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