By Jim Donovan: Ford Motor Co. said today that it will recall nearly 150,000 F-150 pickup trucks to fix air bags that could deploy without warning.
The recall covers trucks from the 2005-2006 model years in the
United States and Canada for what the auto company calls a
“relatively low risk” of the air bag deploying inadvertently. The recall covers trucks built at the Norfolk, Va., assembly plant
from November 2004 through June 2005.
Ford said an air bag wire located in the steering wheel could
have been improperly positioned so it would chafe, expose bare
copper and create the possibility of a short circuit that would
light up the airbag warning lamp. Ford said most of the air bag issues happened within the first few seconds of the vehicle starting up and the company said it was aware of “one customer that jumped from the vehicle” after the air bag deployed while the truck was parked in a driveway.
The recall, which was first reported by the Detroit News, is
expected to begin in early March. Owners will be notified and told
to bring their truck to their dealer.