Ford is recalling three million vehicles in the United States of America (U.S.) and Canada over airbags’ defects.
The airbags were made by the same company whose airbags are linked to at least 18 deaths in the U.S.
The recall comes after the U.S.’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration rejected Ford’s argument that this version of the airbags didn’t need to be replaced.
The recall is over a defect in airbags made by the now-bankrupt Japanese manufacturer, Takata.
Another version of the airbag had an inflator defect that caused a number of the bags to explode, spraying shrapnel through the vehicle.
Even though the airbags used by Ford are different, they’re still like a version in the previous recalls and safety regulators said they still pose a risk.
The automaker attempted to avoid the airbag recall, saying the particular Takata inflators in its models were not as lethal as those that have been linked to more than a dozen deaths in the U.S. because they could propel shrapnel at drivers and passengers.
In its filing, Ford said its own study of its airbags found “the risks identified were so remote that they were inconsequential to safety.” The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, however, rejected Ford’s petition on January 19.
“We believe our extensive data demonstrated that a safety recall was not warranted for these driver-side airbags, however, we respect NHTSA’s decision and will issue a recall,” Ford said in a statement.