Ford Motor Company announced a recall of 144,000 Ford F-150 pickup trucks in the United States and Canada. A defect in the front airbags may cause the airbag to deploy unexpectedly. The recall affects model years 2005 and 2006. Affected vehicles were manufactured at Ford’s Norfolk, Virginia, assembly plant.
The recall follows an investigation by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) begun in 2009. The government agency said it had received reports of 238 unintentional airbag deployments, which resulted in 77 injuries. Most of the incidents occurred when drivers started their vehicles.
This is the second recall for Ford 1-150s this month. The manufacturer recalled 280,000 trucks starting Feb. 14 for a door-handle defect that could cause the door to open during a side-impact crash.
Ford will begin notifying vehicle owners of this latest recall in March. Vehicle owners should take the truck to a local dealer for repair.