POSTED: Wednesday, February 23, 2011 - 7:28pm
UPDATED: Thursday, February 24, 2011 - 11:16am
It is the best selling vehicle in the country, and in East Texas, almost a way of life. The Ford F-150 pickup is gong through a recall for a problem that could mean a nasty surprise for a driver.
The race among the full-sized American pickups is virtually neck and neck these days, but the F-150 is still the undisputed king.
So any recall of their flagship is unnerving for a company that lately, can do no wrong…
The Ford F-150 is the sales champ and has been for over a decade.
But now, some models from the mid-decade period, 144,000 of them, have been recalled because the driver’s airbag may suddenly go off…while you’re driving.
But there will be a warning light.
“Whether it be the check engine light or any safety issue light, they don’t come on for no reason. There’s a fault that caused that light to come on,” says David Erwin, the managing partner at Tyler Ford. “All they’re going to do is pull the airbag off, and they’re just going to replace that one little harness that has that little anti-chafing wrap on it. That’s all they’re going to do.”
“We will notify affected owners in March. And then we’ll ask them to bring their vehicles to their local dealer,” says Ford spokesman Wes Sherwood. And he says, they have the problem narrowed down to trucks made during one shift at one assembly plant.
“These were vehicles built at the Norfolk Assembly Plant from November of 2004 to June 2005,” Sherwood told us. “Our analysis showed that the majority of complaints involved vehicles built during the first shift of Norfolk production.”
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has been investigating 238 cases of bag deployment since 2009, asked for a much bigger recall but Ford resisted. 77 of the bag deployments involved injuries.
They say they will examine the limited recall to decide if it should be expanded.
The current recall affects about 200 owners in our area.