Residents inAntigua and Barbuda who drive certain Ford vehicles will know by Monday or Tuesday if they’re affected by a recall announced on Friday by Ford of nearly one million vehicles to replace air bag inflators. Harney Motors, which admits that it imports some of the affected models, said that it had not seen any notice up to late Thursday and a check would be made again on the next business day, Monday.
OBSERVER media reached out to Harney Friday afternoon, after Ford issued a public notice that it is recalling more than 953,000 vehicles worldwide to replace Takata passenger air bag inflators that can explode and hurl shrapnel. Residents who may have done imports on their own are encouraged to make enquiries about their Ford vehicles if they fall under the models the company identified as being affected.
Included are the 2010 Ford Edge and Lincoln MKX, the 2010 and 2011 Ford Ranger, the 2010 to 2012 Ford Fusion and Lincoln MKZ, the 2010 and 2011 Mercury Milan, and the 2010 to 2014 Ford Mustang. Over 700,000 of these vehicles are in the U.S. According to a report in the Associated Press, Ford said dealers will replace the inflators. At least 23 people have been killed worldwide by the inflators.
Ford says it doesn’t know of any injuries in vehicles included in this recall. Takata uses the chemical ammonium nitrate to create an explosion to inflate air bags. But it can deteriorate overtime due to heat and humidity and explode with too much force, blowing apart a metal canister designed to contain the explosion. Takata recalls are being phased in through 2020.