Ford Motors is issuing a recall of 144,000 F-150 pickup trucks from the model years of 2005 and 2006. Following an investigation by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) into 269 accidental airbag deployment reports, it was found that there may be a wiring issue in the vehicles’ steering wheels.
The airbag wires in the recalled trucks may be positioned so that they rub against the horn plate. Vibrations from driving can eventually cause the insulation to wear away and the wires to short, resulting in airbag deployment. For their part, the NHTSA requested Ford recall 1.3 million vehicles, but the automaker responded with the more modest number shown above. Chipped teeth and minor burns and cuts are the most commonly reported injuries, as deployment is most likely to happen when a car is first started and, therefore, not moving. It is unknown whether or not the NHTSA will insist on a larger recall.