Inflators of the airbags can degrade causing airbag rupture and propel metal pieces throughout the car cabin.
The affected models are 2006-2012 Ford’s Edge and Fusion, Ranger; Lincoln’s MKX and MKZ/Zephyr, the Mercury Milan, as well as about 5800 Mazda B-series pickups made between 2007 and 2009.
3 million vehicles are subject to recall and replacement driver’s-side airbags.
Earlier the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) rejected a petition from Ford and Mazda and obliged both to fulfill the recall.
The automakers now have 30 days to realize recall plans.
The Takata airbag issue is not new. In November 2020, NHTSA already required General Motors to recall nearly 6 million vehicles over the same problem with inflators.