Ford has announced plans to recall around 108,000 cars under mandatory action triggered by the ACCC.
The government body moved to force carmakers to recall any cars with Takata-made airbags that pose a risk to consumers.
While dozens of drivers have been killed or injured as a result of Takata airbag failures around the world, Ford was reluctant to recall local vehicles as it was ”not aware of any cases of failure globally in any of the specific airbag inflator models fitted to Ford vehicles sold in Australia”.
A statement issued by the brand said it will start recalling Australian models on Friday March 2, making older cars in high-humidity areas its top priority.
“Ford is committed to providing our customers with top quality vehicles,” it says.
“We are equally committed to addressing potential issues and responding quickly to our customers.”
The brand will contact customers as part of rolling recalls to be completed by 2021.
The only Ford vehicles affected prior to Today’s announcement were a small number of US-built Mustangs supplied by low-volume importers.
Vehicles impacted by the issue include the medium-sized Mondeo, Ranger and Courier utes and Econovan light commercial vehicles.
Australian Ford vehicles impacted by Takata airbag recalls.
2006-2011 Ranger (approximately 69,500 vehicles)
2004-2005 Econovan (approx. 1300)
2004-2006 Courier (approx. 21,000)
2007-2009 Mondeo (approx. 9500)
2015-2017 Mondeo (approx. 6500)
More information: Productsafety.gov.au.
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