Ford announced Wednesday that they are recalling 144,000 F-150 pick-ups from the 2005 – 2006 model years in the U.S. and Canada due to concerns about a possible short circuit that may cause airbags to deploy without warning.

This action was a response to the advice of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) following their investigation of 238 reports of accidental airbag deployment a few seconds after the F-150s were started.  In a formal announcement made by Ford, the automaker claimed that, “the condition does not present an unreasonable risk to motor vehicle safety.  However, to avoid a protracted discussion with the agency and to provide repair to those vehicles most likely to exhibit the condition, Ford is recalling those vehicles produced at the Norfolk Assembly Plant from November 1, 2004 through June 30 2005.  The NHTSA advised Ford of the recall after receiving 77 reported injuries, including chipped teeth, minor burns and cuts to the arms, hands and face.

Some road vibrations and even regular driving conditions cause the airbag wires to rub against the metal edge of the horn plate.  This rubbing may eventually cut through the insulation on the wire, leading to circuit shortage and the airbag deployment.

For also announced that it would notify the vehicle owners in early March.  The automaker added that the expected time to replace the potentially flawed wiring harness is less than half a day, and this repair would be done for free at Ford dealerships.

In total, Ford is recalling 135,000 F-150 trucks in the U.S. and 9,000 in Canada.  The Ford F-150 is the top selling vehicle in the U.S.

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