The Transportation Safety Authority in the United States announced, Wednesday, that it has ordered the “Ford” car manufacturer to withdraw 3 million vehicles from the country due to a problem with the air bags manufactured by the Japanese company, Takata, which has filed for bankruptcy.
The authority also asked the car manufacturer Mazda to withdraw 5,800 vehicles for the same reasons, according to a letter seen by the French Press Agency.
The authority submitted these requests in 2017 after an in-depth examination of the airbags in some models made between 2005 and 2012.
However, “Ford” and “Mazda” filed petitions opposing this measure, after considering that the defects that were mentioned do not directly affect the safety of drivers and passengers of the vehicles concerned.
The Transportation Safety Authority in the United States indicated that it “concluded in both cases that the aforementioned airbag inflatable propellers show signs of deterioration as well as reflect the risk of potential rupture.”
The two groups currently have 30 days to announce when they intend to inform the owners of the vehicles concerned about the situation and repair them.
On the Ford side, the models in question are “Ranger” (made from 2007 to 2011), “Fusion” (2006 to 2012), “Lincoln Zephyr / MKZ” (2006 to 2012) and “Mercury Milan” (2006) To 2011), Edge (2007 to 2010), and Lincoln MKX (2007 to 2010).
At the level of “Mazda” company, the problem of airbags was limited to only one model, the “B Series” manufactured from 2007 to 2009.