Ford Motor Company has announced a safety recall associated some 2016-17 Ford Edge and Lincoln Continental and MKX models. The recall is associated with a potentially defective airbag module and impacts approximately 32,000 vehicles.
The company says the driver’s side airbag may not fully inflate or detach itself from the inflator when deployed. Obviously such behavior could lessen the impact of the airbag in an accident or cause other injuries. Ford says it has no recorded events of accident or injury associated with this defect.
Ironically the airbag module in these vehicles is supplied by now infamous supplier Takata. Despite the same supplier, this recall is entirely unrelated to the massive Takata airbag recall that has impacted nearly every automaker. In the larger recall the airbag inflator could send shrapnel out of the airbag causing injury or death.
Owners of the impact Ford products will be notified by the company. Dealerships will replace the airbag module on the driver’s side of the vehicle when it is brought in for the recall work.