Ford is recalling 3 million US and Canadian vehicles with airbags manufactured by the same company whose devices have been linked to at least 18 deaths in the United States.
The move comes after the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration on Tuesday rejected Ford’s argument that this version of the airbags didn’t need to be replaced.
The recall centers on a defect in airbags made by Takata, a now-bankrupt Japanese manufacturer.
Another version of the Takata airbag had a defect in the inflator that caused a number of the bags to explode, spraying shrapnel through the vehicle.
In addition to the 18 deaths, more than 400 drivers or passengers have been injured, including being blinded or maimed.
Recalls linked to the Takata airbags began in 2014, and, in aggregate, ultimately became the largest auto recall in history.
Prior to this week’s announcement, the US portion of the recall had already reached 67 million airbags in more than 40 million vehicles.
Although the Takata airbags used by Ford are a different but similar version from those involved in the previous recalls, safety regulators said they still pose a risk.
The NHTSA in November rejected a similar appeal by General Motors (GM), forcing the automaker to recall 7 million pickups and SUVs.
The agency has also rejected an appeal from Mazda, but that covered only 5,800 US pickups that were built for the automaker.
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