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.
Ford said the 135,000 vehicles had the highest failure rates and told the agency that recalling more would lack “common sense.”
But in a series of letters, the agency accused Ford of skewing the data and said its review found the pickups had the largest number of inadvertent deployments in the agency’s history.