Ford Motor Co. recently announced a recall of 144,000 F-150 trucks because of a problem that causes the airbags to deploy when not needed and without warning. Insulating material from an improperly placed wire in the steering wheel may rub off, causing a short circuit that leads to the airbag servicing light flashing and the unnecessary deployment of the airbag.
The trucks were manufactured at Ford’s Norfolk, VA assembly plant between November 2004 and June 2005. Ford states that they are only recalling vehicles manufactured at this location because the unnecessary deployment rate is higher at the Norfolk plant than for trucks made at other factories; however, there have been reports of needless airbag deployment in trucks manufactured at other plants currently not affected by the recent recall.
The unnecessary deployments usually occurs seconds after the truck is started, although in some reported cases it has occurred as the vehicles were either entering or existing a road.
Ford states that drivers may notice their airbag service warning light flashing several times before the unnecessary deployment occurs.
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