Ford is recalling about 205,000 SUVs in cold-weather states and parts of Canada to fix gas tanks that can rust, leak and cause a fire.
So far, more than 12 million vehicles worldwide with air bags made by Japanese parts supplier Takata Corp. have been recalled for the problem.
Ford’s new aluminum-sided F-150 will be a lot lighter and more efficient when it goes on sale later this year. But for now it’s a serious drag on profits.
The inflator mechanisms in the air bags can rupture, causing metal fragments to fly out when the bags are deployed in crashes.
A defect in the devices can possibly kill or injure the driver or passengers.
Ford Motor Company and NextEnergy are challenging industry suppliers to create advanced new automotive lighting products.
The Ford Fund and United Auto Workers donated $200,000 to help further science, technology, engineering, arts and math in Detroit Public Schools.
September sales won’t be as hot as August, the best month in eight years, but industry analysts still expect them to be strong.
If the short circuit occurs, restraint devices including the air bags, pretensioners, and side curtains might not work in a crash.
Ford is recalling about 74,000 older-model gas-electric hybrid SUVs in the U.S. and Canada to fix a stalling problem.