According to the initial recall report, Ford stated that the only vehicles which have exhibited the airbag deployment issue are 2005 and 2006 vehicles built at Ford’s Norfolk, Virginia production facility and only during the first shift. When you only consider F150 pickups built at the Norfolk during the first shift from those model years, there are only around 150,000 units affected but the NHTSA seems to think that all of the trucks from those model years should be recalled since they are all identically designed – in theory. Should the recall be expanded to include all of the trucks built during that period, plus the 2004 model year trucks, the recall could reach roughly 1.3 million pickups. Click here for the original article detailing the 2005-2006 Ford F150 with more information.
This difference of opinion between Ford Motor Company and the NHTSA prompted a congressional hearing and according to Automotive News, the two parties are working together to come to an agreement. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood would not offer any idea as to what the outcome may be, but he suggested that there would soon be an announcement as to the future of this F150 recall. From the sounds of things, I would imagine that this “agreement” is going to add more units to the recall but just how many will be an interesting highlight of the announcement.
Source: Automotive News
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