A recall is set to be issued by Ford Motor Co. to fix about 144,000 F-150 trucks in the U.S. and Canada from the 2005 and 2006 model years because of a risk that airbags could deploy because of a short circuit.
Ford said that its Norfolk, Va., plant made a mistake in the assembly of trucks that could cause an airbag wire in the steering wheel to short circuit. Ford said that it had received a number of complaints about the airbag problem.
In a majority of the cases, airbags deployed just a few seconds after the trucks were started. As of this writing, the recall notice has not yet been posted on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's Web site.
Ford has also not disclosed yet exactly how many complaints it had received or if there are reports of related injuries. In its statement, Ford said that one customer “jumped from the vehicle after a deployment that occurred in a driveway."
The F-150 is the best-selling vehicle in the U.S. Ford said that it will inform owners of the vehicles included in this recall in early March. Ford said that replacing the potentially flawed wiring harness would take less than half a day and would be accomplished by Ford dealerships free of charge. [via autonews - sub. required]