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Ford extends transmission warranty for certain Fiesta and Focus vehicles

Ford is extending the warranty on certain 2014-16 model year Focus and Fiesta vehicles with dual-clutch transmissions by two years and 40,000 miles and offering a software update for customers who continue to have issues with the problematic gearboxes. With the extended warranty, the Fiesta’s and Focus’ will be covered up to 7 years and 100,000 miles.. Warranty coverage for the transmission control module remains 10 years or 150,000 miles.

Ford also said it will reimburse customers who are now covered with the extended warranty who have paid for clutch repairs out of pocket. The automaker said it recently saw an uptick in out-of-pocket expenses for 2014 model year customers whose warranty had recently expired.

The update provides an enhanced warning if a transmission control module fails.

These transmissions have been problematic, to say the least, for Ford., since at least 2012. Currently, there is a class action titled Vargas v. Ford that is on appeal.

Ford Explorer Recalled for Suspension Problem

Ford Motor Co. is recalling about 1.2 million Explorers built between 2011 and 2017, as well as some 2013 F-150s and Econoline vans. The affected Explorers were built at Ford’s Chicago assembly plant from May 2010 to January 2017.

Ford also recalled about 123,000 select F-150 trucks built between 2012 and 2013 due to a transmission calibration issue, and 4,300 Ford Econoline vans built between 2009 and 2015 because of a motive power issue. The company issued a recall in Canada for Taurus, Flex, Lincoln MKS and MKT vehicles, because of rear-suspension issues affecting about 12,000 vehicles.

Vehicles recalled: 2011-17 Ford Explorer built at the Chicago assembly plant from May 17, 2010, to Jan. 25, 2017.

The problem: A link in the rear suspension may crack from heavy use. If the piece fails, drivers could lose some steering control. 

The fix: Dealerships will remove the left and right rear suspension links, replace them with new parts, and align the rear suspension, all at no charge to owners. 

How to contact the manufacturer: Owners may call Ford customer service at 866-436-7332. The Ford reference number for this recall is 19S17. 

NHTSA’s campaign number: There is no NHTSA campaign number yet. 

Ford issues 3 recalls covering about 1.5 million Ford and Lincoln vehicles

Ford is issuing a safety recall on select 2011 to 2013 Ford F-150 vehicles with six-speed automatic transmissions, 2017 to 2019 Lincoln Continental vehicles, and select 2019 Ford Mustang, Lincoln Nautilus and Lincoln Navigator vehicles.

Regarding the 2011-2013 Ford F-150’s, Ford says ""Depending on vehicle speed, a downshift to first gear without warning could result in a loss of vehicle control, increasing the risk of a crash.” Ford is aware of five reports of accidents, including one report of “whiplash” potentially related to this condition. The recall affects approximately 1.48 million vehicles, including approximately 1.26 million in the United States. Dealers will update the powertrain control module software in the affected vehicles. The Ford reference number for this recall is 19S07. More information can be had here.

Ford recalls nearly one million cars with Takata airbags

Ford is recalling more than 953,000 vehicles worldwide to replace Takata passenger air bag inflators that can explode and hurl shrapnel.

The move includes 782,000 vehicles in the U.S. and is part of the largest series of recalls in U.S. history.

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.

Some of the recalls may be limited to specific geographic areas of the U.S.

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. Dealers will replace the inflators.

Takata uses the chemical ammonium nitrate to create an explosion to inflate air bags. But it can deteriorate over time 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.

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FORD MOTOR COMPANY ISSUES SAFETY RECALL FOR SELECT FORD F-150, SUPER DUTY TRUCKS TO REPLACE ENGINE BLOCK HEATER CABLE

Ford is recalling more than 400,000 F-Series trucks are at risk of fires while the engine block heater cables are plugged into wall outlets. They are:

  • 2015-2019 Ford F-150

  • 2017-2019 Ford F-250 Super Duty

  • 2017-2019 Ford F-350 Super Duty

  • 2017-2019 Ford F-450 Super Duty

  • 2017-2019 Ford F-550 Super Duty

Ford analyzed warranty data for F-Series trucks with block heaters and found reports of heaters that stopped working, household breakers and outlets that tripped, reports of smoke and allegations of cables that melted.

If electrical shorts are causing trouble, owners may receive warnings in the form of block heater failures or if home breakers or outlets trip. Customers should also be on guard for buzzing sounds or smoke or sparks when the heater cables are plugged into wall outlets.

Dealers will inspect the engine block heater cable and replace it if it is damaged or corroded. If there are no signs of damage or corrosion, dealers will apply dielectric grease to the splice connector and reconnect. If a replacement cable is required but unavailable, the customer will receive an information sheet and will be notified via mail for a follow-up appointment once parts become available.

The Ford truck engine block heater cable recall is expected to begin January 7, 2019. Ford dealers will either seal the block heater cables or replace them.

Concerned truck owners should call 866-436-7332 and refer to Ford's recall number, 18S45.

More information from NHTSA can be found here.

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FORD FOCUS CLUTCH RECALL EXPANDED OVER FRACTURING PRESSURE PLATES

If you’re the owner of a 2016-2018 Ford Focus with a 1.0L GTDI engine and 6-speed manual transmission, you may be included in a recall announced on November 28, 2018. From NHTSA:

SUMMARY:

Ford Motor Company (Ford) is recalling certain 2016-2018 Ford Focus vehicles equipped with a 1.0L Fox GTDI engine and a 6-speed manual transmission. The clutch may fracture, resulting in damage to the transmission assembly and possibly a transmission fluid leak.

CONSEQUENCE:

A transmission fluid leak in the presence of an ignition source such as hot engine or exhaust components can increase the risk of a fire.

REMEDY:

Ford will notify owners, and dealers will update vehicles with software that detects and prevents prolonged clutch slip, and will replace the clutch, as necessary, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin January 7, 2019. Owners may contact Ford at 1-866-436-7332. Ford's number for this recall is 18S07. Note: This recall is an expansion of Recall 18V-169.

NOTES:

Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.

New Ford class action lawsuit filed regarding Bosch High Pressure Fuel Pumps

A new class action complaint was filed on 11/16/2018 against Ford Motor Company alleging their 2011-2018 model year Ford diesel vehicles equipped with a Power Stroke 6.7L engine suffer from a defect relating to the Bosch manufactured High Pressure Fuel Pump. The allegations appear to be catastrophic to the engine as the complaint states:

The culprit is the Bosch-supplied CP4 high pressure fuel injection pump, which unbeknownst to consumers is a ticking time bomb when used in American vehicles. As Ford knew before and during the Class Period (2011-2018), Bosch’s CP4 pump was never compatible with American fuel standards. The CP4 pump is not built to withstand the specifications for U.S. diesel fuel in terms of lubrication or water content, and it struggles to lift a volume of fuel sufficient to lubricate itself. As a result, the pump is forced to run dry and destroy itself as air bubbles allow metal to rub against metal. The pump secretly deposits metal shavings and debris throughout the fuel injection system and the engine until it suddenly and cataclysmically fails without warning, further contaminating the fuel delivery system with larger pieces of metal.

A copy of the complaint, filed by San Francisco law firm Hagens Berman, can be had here.

If you're in California and you’ve taken your 2011-2018 6.7L Powerstroke Ford to a dealership for issues above, from engine failure, piston failure or any warranty condition, we can help you…. AT NO COST TO YOU! Valero Law, APC is a California consumer protection firm dedicated to protecting the lemon law rights of California consumers and ALL cases are taken on a contingency basis, meaning if there is no recovery, there is absolutely no fee to you!

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Ford recalls 1.5 million Focuses for faulty fuel tank purge valves

Ford has issued a recall for approximately 1.5 million 2012-2018 Ford Focus. Roughly 1.3 million are located in the US and its territories. The affected vehicles pack naturally aspirated or turbocharged 2.0-liter gas engines, and all were built at Ford's Michigan Assembly Plant.

The problem is with the evaporation system fitted to the cars' fuel tanks. The affected cars have canister purge valves that can refuse to close, which in turn could cause enough vacuum within the tank to deform it. Ford says that the concern is that cars could refuse to start or stall while driving, and then refuse to restart. Affected vehicles may display a malfunction indicator light or maybe just a fluctuating fuel gauge.

The recall came about because NHTSA received a few consumer complaints about loss of motive power in 2012-2014 Focus models. Ford and NHTSA shared data and eventually decided that a recall was the best course of action.

If you own a vehicle that may be affected, the reference number for the recall is 18S32. Ford also says you should make sure to keep the tank at least half-full until the recall is performed.

More information, straight from NHTSA, is here.

Ford recalls 2 million F-150 trucks because of fire risk in seat belts

Ford is recalling about two million pickup trucks after it received reports of a seat-belt equipment malfunction that could cause smoke or fire, marking a setback for its top-selling F-Series product line that generates the bulk of its profit.

The recall affects 2015-2018 F-150 Regular Cab and SuperCrew Cab vehicles manufactured at its Dearborn Assembly Plant in Michigan and its Kansas City Assembly Plant in Missouri, Ford said in a statement.

Ford said devices that automatically tighten passenger seat belts, known as pretensioners, “can generate excessive sparks when they deploy” and that it knows of 23 total reports of smoke or fire in North America, the bulk of which took place in the U.S.

"Dealers will remove insulation material from the B-pillar trim, remove remnants of wiring harness tape in the B-pillar area, and apply heat-resistant tape to the carpet and its insulation," Ford's statement said. "Dealers also will modify the back interior panels of Regular Cab vehicles."

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NHTSA opens investigation into the 2013 Ford Escape

NHTSA opened an investigation into the 2013 Ford Escape for stalling concerns recently.  Direct from NHTSA:

Summary

The Office of Defects Investigation (ODI) has received 40 Vehicle Owner Questionnaire (VOQ) reports for model year 2013 Ford Escape vehicles reporting that the vehicle will suddenly stall without warning while driving. The subject vehicles are equipped with a 1.6L GTDI (turbo) engine. Complainants allege stalling was caused by overheating of the engine resulting in delayed or no restart possible. 

A Preliminary Evaluation has been opened to determine the scope, frequency, and potential safety-related consequences of the alleged defect. 

More information can be had here:  https://static.nhtsa.gov/odi/inv/2018/INOA-PE18007-9851.PDF

The Ford Escape's are equipped with 1.6-liter gasoline turbocharged direct injection (GTDI) engines that may be overheating and causing issues with restarting after the engines have stalled.

NHTSA has received at least 40 complaints about 2013 Ford Escapes suddenly stalling without warning.

If you're in California and you own a 2013 Ford Escape and have experienced any issues related to stalling, door ajar lights, or any other concern that was covered under the manufacturer's warranty, please contact us immediately at 424-299-4447 for a free consultation for information regarding your vehicle and a potential lemon law claim!

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Ford Recalls 550,000 Escape and Fusion Vehicles Over Rollaway Concerns

Ford has issued a recall of 550,000 Fusion and Escape vehicles over rollaway concerns.

The recall specifically applies to the 2013-2016 Fusion and 2013-2014 Ford Escape and stems from a problem with a part connected to the vehicle's transmission where a bushing responsible for holding the car's shifter cable in place might detach, Ford says. The result can be an issue where the car is in a different gear than the driver thinks it is. For instance, the car might register as being in Park, when it's actually in neutral.

Ford says it has not received any reports of accidents or injuries related to the problem.

Drivers who own one of the recalled Ford vehicles can have the shifter cable bushing replaced at the dealership, which will correct the issue. Until that replacement happens, Ford suggests that drivers' use the parking brake whenever they park their vehicle to ensure it does not move unintentionally.

MyFord Touch Settlement

Ford has agreed to settle a class-action lawsuit that alleges MyFord Touch defects that allegedly cause the system to freeze, fail to connect to mobile phones via bluetooth and repeated crashes.  I wrote about that issue here. 

According to the lawsuit, Ford has known for years about the defective systems (multiple technical service bulletins and warranty extensions were issued by Ford) The documents also suggest Ford knew the system failures could cause safety hazards while driving.

The class-action lawsuit includes all customers in the following seven states who purchased or leased a Ford or Lincoln vehicle through a Ford dealership before August 9, 2013.

  • California, Massachusetts, New Jersey, North Carolina, Ohio, Virginia and Washington.

According to the proposed settlement terms, affected customers will receive the latest update of the MyFord Touch and MyLincoln Touch software. Additionally, dealers will verify the software update is working properly for one year after installation of the software update if customers experience problems.

Customers who submit a claim will be eligible for the following: 

  1. If the MyFord Touch system was repaired one time, they can receive a $100 payment or a $200 discount off the purchase of a new vehicle.
  2. Two software repairs will make a customer eligible to receive a payment of $300 or a discount of $600 off the purchase of a new vehicle.
  3. Three or more software repairs to the system can receive a $500 payment or a $1,000 discount toward a new vehicle.

The agreement describes a software repair as services performed by a Ford dealer in response to a customer complaint about MyFord Touch problems. A software repair is also defined as an installation of an updated version of the infotainment software by a Ford dealer or independent repair shop if a customer paid for the repairs.

Customers may also be reimbursed if they paid for repairs to the systems because the vehicles were past their warranty periods. In addition, an eligible customer will receive a payment of $35 if they submit a claim stating they experiences two or more incidents of MyFord Touch or MyLincoln Touch malfunctions.

The settlement agreement can be found here.  

Ford to cease production of certain sedans

Interestingly, Ford is ceasing production of nearly all their sedan model vehicles, save for the Ford Mustang and Ford Focus.  This won't affect the popular F-Series vehicles, nor the crossover models like the Edge.  Rather than a move away from sedans it appears this is a move towards crossover vehicles.  

The Detroit News goes on to say:

Dearborn — Ford Motor Co. plans to trim $25.5 billion in operating costs by 2022 and cut its North American passenger car lineup by more than 80 percent, eliminating the Taurus, Fiesta, Fusion, C-Max and Focus sedans within a few years.

CEO Jim Hackett said Wednesday that Ford will not make the next generation of those sedans, confirming months of reports that the automaker was considering cutting some of its unprofitable car models in favor of trucks and SUVs. The Mustang will be soon be Ford’s only car; the new Focus will launch next year in North America as the Chinese-built Focus Active crossover.

You can read the big news here.  

Ford recalls about 350,000 F-150s and Expeditions for faulty transmission gears

Ford is recalling about 350,000 trucks for a problem that could cause them to roll even after the driver shifts into park.

The automaker says the issue affects 2018 Ford F-150 and Ford Expedition vehicles with 10-speed automatic transmissions, as well as Ford F-650 and F-750 vehicles with 6-speed automatic transmissions.

Ford says a piece of equipment on the affected vehicles can become dislodged over time, which means the car won't be in the gear that it looks like it's in, such as park.

This means that if the driver shifts the car into park, the car might not actually be in park — and there would not be a warning message to indicate that. If he or she doesn't use a parking brake, Ford says the vehicle could roll.

Ford says it's aware of one reported accident and injury.

The company is also recalling more than 100 other vehicles for a missing transmission roll pin. If the pin is missing, the company says that the transmission on those vehicles might eventually lose the ability to park, even if the driver shifts the car into that gear.

Ford says that problem affects around 160 of the 2017 and 2018 Ford F-150s, 2018 Ford Expeditions, 2018 Lincoln Navigators and 2018 Ford Mustangs with 10R80 transmissions.

Ford Focus and Ford Fusion Clutch Recall

This recall is different than the issues related to the 2011-2016 Ford Fiesta and 2012-2016 Ford Focus Powershift dual clutch transmission.  Instead, this involves the manual transmission in:

  •  2013-2016 Ford Focus cars are equipped with 1-liter Fox GTDI engines and B6 manual transmissions, and
  • 2013-2015 Ford Fusion cars have 1.6-liter Sigma GTDI engines and B6 manual transmissions.

Ford says the clutch pressure plates can fracture due to the clutch linings wearing out prematurely. The premature wear and tear can cause the pressure plate material to wear down, allowing a large amount of heat and energy to cause cracks around the outer edges of the plates.

If you drive a Focus, the dealer will update the software to detect and prevent prolonged slipping of the clutch, in addition to checking the clutch and replacing it if needed.

If you own a Fusion, your Ford dealership will replace the clutch assembly.

More information can be found here.

Ford Recalls 1.4 Million Cars for Steering Wheels that Risk Detaching

If you don't want the steering wheel in your Ford Fusion to detach, please keep reading.  

Ford is recalling nearly 1.4 million Fusions and MKZ's with steering wheels that risk detaching.   Ford says it had tied two accidents and one injury to the defect.

Dealers at no cost will replace the steering-wheel bolts on affected vehicles with longer ones featuring more robust thread engagement and a larger nylon patch aimed at preventing the parts from loosening. Roughly 1.3 million of the affected vehicles are in the U.S., with the rest in Canada and Mexico.

The affected models are the Ford Fusion and the Lincoln MKZ, both from model years 2014-2018, namely:

  • 2014-17 Fusions built in Flat Rock, Mich., from Aug. 6, 2013, to Feb. 29, 2016.
  • 2014-18 Fusions and MKZs built in Hermosillo, Mexico, from July 25, 2013, to March 5, 2018.

NHTSA hasn't updated their information with the recall number or the accompanying notices from Ford, but as soon as they do I'll update this page.  

Edit (3/15/2018):  More information can be found here.

Ford expands Ranger Takata Airbag Recall

I originally wrote about the Ford recall of around 400,000 vehicles that may have ineffective Takata Airbags here.  Two months later, Ford is expanding that recall by an additional 33,000 vehicles after a second death was linked to those specific air bags.  

Autoblog states: 

WASHINGTON — Ford on Monday warned an additional 33,000 owners of older pickup trucks in North America to stop driving them until potentially defective Takata Corp airbag inflators can be repaired.

In January, Ford told 2,900 owners of model year 2006 Ford Ranger trucks to stop driving immediately after a second death was linked to inflators built on the same day.

The expanded warning was prompted by additional testing, Ford, the second largest U.S. automaker, said in a statement, and now covers a broader time frame of production.

Mazda Motor Corp said it was issuing a similar expansion for about 1,800 2006 Mazda B-Series trucks that were built by Ford after it had issued a warning for 160 trucks in January.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) said the vehicles pose "an immediate risk to safety" and urged owners to immediately schedule a free repair.

Ford and Mazda have replacement airbag inflators available now and will tow vehicles to a dealership for repairs as well as provide loaner vehicles free of charge, the companies and NHTSA said. About 90 percent of the vehicles subject to the "Do Not Drive" warning are in the United States.

Two U.S. senators in January questioned why Ford's warning only applied to a small number of the 391,000 2004-2006 Ranger trucks recalled because of Takata air bags in 2016 in the United States.

Ford said last month the death in a July 2017 crash in West Virginia in a 2006 Ford Ranger was caused by a defective Takata inflator after a similar 2015 death in South Carolina.

At least 22 deaths worldwide are linked to the Takata inflators that can rupture and send deadly metal fragments into the driver's body.

The faulty inflators have led to the largest automotive recall in history. The other 20 deaths have occurred in Honda vehicles, most of which were in the United States.

About a quarter of the 2,900 vehicles have been repaired since Ford issued the warning last month, the company said on Monday.

Takata said in June it has recalled, or expected to recall, about 125 million vehicles worldwide by 2019, including more than 60 million in the United States. About 19 automakers worldwide are affected.

Takata inflators can explode with excessive force, unleashing metal shrapnel inside cars and trucks and have injured more than 200 people. The defect led Takata to file for bankruptcy protection in June.

 

 

 

Center for Auto Safety Calls on Ford CEO to Recall 1.3 Million Ford Explorers for Carbon Monoxide Leaks

The Center for Auto Safety (a pretty big consumer rights organization who've actually had some wins for consumers) are calling on Ford to recall 1.3 million Ford Explorers that are allegedly prone to carbon monoxide leaks.  In part, they argue:

Today, in a letter to Ford Motor Company CEO Jim Hackett, the Center for Auto Safety renewed its request for Ford to conduct a full recall of 1.3 million Model Year 2011-2017 Explorers because of suspected Carbon Monoxide leaks. This follows the Center’s call for action in October 2017, after Ford failed to take seriously the thousands of consumer complaints which had been filed with NHTSA, Ford, and the Center for Auto Safety.

In the eighteen months since NHTSA opened its investigation in July 2016, complaints to NHTSA have increased 900%. NHTSA has received at least 1,381 complaints from Ford drivers and passengers experiencing Carbon Monoxide exposure in the passenger cabins of Explorers. These complaints do not include the over 2,000 complaints Ford previously disclosed.

 

Ford Focus RS Head Gasket Recall - Finally

For approximately a year, Ford Focus RS users have complained (on reddit, most vocally) about a burgeoning head gasket issue in their Ford Focus RS'.  Good news here being that Ford has finally announced a recall for 2016-2017 Ford Focus RS' covering the head gaskets and, in some cases, cylinder walls.  The Customer Satisfaction Program, titled 17B32, can be found here and in relevant part says: 

At Ford Motor Company, we are committed not only to building high quality, dependable products, but also to building a community of happy, satisfied customers.

To demonstrate that commitment, we are providing a no-charge Customer Satisfaction Program for your vehicle with the VIN shown above.

Why are you receiving this notice? On your vehicle, the cylinder head gasket may develop a coolant leak into the engine combustion chamber.

What is the effect? A leaking cylinder head gasket may result in noticeable white smoke and/or low coolant without external leaks. What will Ford and your dealer do?

In the interest of customer satisfaction, Ford Motor Company has authorized your dealer to pressure test the cooling system and replace the cylinder head gasket. Based on test results, some vehicles may require a new cylinder head assembly. Repairs will be completed free of charge (parts and labor) under the terms of this program. 

Chalk one up for the good guys here.

Ford urges 2,900 pickup owners to stop driving after new Takata death

Very important information from Reuters regarding Ford and Takata Airbags:

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Ford Motor Co said on Thursday it had confirmed a second death in an older pickup truck caused by a defective airbag inflator of Takata Corp and urged 2,900 owners in North America to stop driving immediately until they can get replacement parts.

The second largest U.S. automaker said it confirmed in late December that a July 2017 crash death in West Virginia in a 2006 Ford Ranger was caused by a defective Takata inflator. It previously reported a similar death in South Carolina that occurred in December 2015.

Ford said both Takata deaths occurred with inflators built on the same day installed in 2006 Ranger pickups. At least 21 deaths worldwide are linked to the Takata inflators that can rupture and send deadly metal fragments into the driver’s body. The faulty inflators have led to the largest automotive recall in history. The other 19 deaths have occurred in Honda Motor Co vehicles, most of which were in the United States.

Ford issued a new recall for automobiles that had been previously recalled in 2016. Of those 391,000 2004-2006 Ranger vehicles, the new recall announced on Thursday affects 2,900 vehicles. These include 2,700 in the United States and nearly 200 in Canada. The new recall will allow for identification of the 2,900 owners in the highest risk pool.

A Mazda Motor Corp spokeswoman said Thursday the company would conduct a similar recall and stop drive warning for some 2006 Mazda B-Series trucks, which were built by Ford and are similar to the Ranger.

Japanese auto supplier Takata plans to sell its viable operations to Key Safety Systems, an affiliate of China’s Ningo Joyson Electric Corp, for $1.6 billion. Takata did not immediately comment Thursday on the Ford action.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration urged owners to heed Ford’s warning. “It is extremely important that all high-risk air bags are tracked down and replaced immediately,” NHTSA spokeswoman Karen Aldana said.

Ford said it would pay to have vehicles towed to dealerships or send mobile repair teams to owners’ homes and provide free loaners if needed.

Takata said in June that it has recalled, or expected to recall, about 125 million vehicles worldwide by 2019, including more than 60 million in the United States. Some 19 automakers worldwide are impacted.

Takata inflators can explode with excessive force, unleashing metal shrapnel inside cars and trucks and have injured more than 200. The defect led Takata to file for bankruptcy protection in June.

In 2017, prosecutors in Detroit charged three former senior Takata executives with falsifying test results to conceal the inflator defect. None have come to the United States to face charges.

Last year, Takata pleaded guilty to wire fraud and were subject to pay a total of $1 billion in criminal penalties in a U.S. court in connection with the recalls.

Automakers have struggled to get enough replacement parts for the massive recalls. A November NHTSA report said about two-thirds of U.S. vehicles recalled have not yet been repaired.

Senator Bill Nelson, a Democrat, said in a statement on Thursday the latest death is evidence of “the very definition of a failed recall” pointing to the earlier Ford death in 2015. NHTSA must do more, he said, to make the recall a priority.

In November, NHTSA rejected a petition from Ford to delay recalling 3 million vehicles with potentially defective airbag inflators to conduct additional testing.

In June 2016, NHTSA warned airbag inflators on more than 300,000 unrepaired recalled 2001-2003 model year Honda vehicles showed a substantial risk of rupturing, and urged owners to stop driving them until getting them fixed. NHTSA said they have as high as a 50 percent chance of a rupture in a crash.

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