Takata determined that a defect related to motor vehicle safety may arise in some non-desiccated ammonium nitrate inflators due to propellant degradation occurring after prolonged exposure to high absolute humidity, high temperatures and high temperature cycling. Testing and analyses conducted by Takata and by independent entities have found that there are wide differences in the time periods in which propellant degradation takes place. The propellant degradation varies in different climate zones, in different vehicle makes and models, and in different inflator and propellant configurations. If the propellant in the airbag inflator has degraded, a rupture in the inflator may occur if the airbag is deployed due to a crash. A ruptured inflator can send inflator parts toward vehicle occupants resulting in serious injury or death.
It is important to note that for vehicles that are part of the Takata recalls, the issue is the airbag inflator and not the actual airbag. The supplier for the airbag and airbag inflator can be different for the same vehicle; it’s also possible to have different suppliers for the driver– and passenger–side airbag inflators in your vehicle.
If your vehicle is affected, you will receive a letter from Ford notifying you of the recall. When parts become available, Ford will notify you by mail that you should schedule an appointment with your dealer to have your vehicle serviced for the recall. If your vehicle experiences an issue in the meantime, you should contact your local dealership.