This recall affects the Ford Mustang and GT that was confirmed by Takata’s notification to the U.S. NHTSA this year. Over 539,000 S197’s has been recalled so far including Canada and Mexico. Ford was not the only company affected by the Takata air bags exploding. As of 2014, over 9 million vehicles were affected by this in North America, mostly consisted of the United States.
This affects 2005-2014 Ford Mustangs built at the Flat Rock Assembly Plant in Michigan for the defective driver side airbag inflators. The same recall was also issued for the 2005-2006 Ford GT vehicles that were built at the Wixom Assembly Plant also located in Michigan, calling for the same driver side airbag inflators.
During a crash, the airbag inflators can break apart due to excessive pressure, potentially shooting large fragments of metal through the bag at occupants protruding at very high speeds. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Takata and up to 10 affected manufactures still have not found a definitive cause for the defect but continue to point this toward moisture buildup inside the inflators, which can change the chemical makeup of the propellant.
Takata says it knows of 63 airbag inflators that ruptured during crashes within the United States. At least six people have died in crashes involving defective Takata inflators; all of them in Honda vehicles, and at least 139 injuries have been reported across all manufactures. Takata also states that vehicles in hot and humid parts of the country, such as Florida, Puerto Rico and Gulf region U.S. states, face a greater risk of malfunction. Though it hasn’t specifically outlined the dynamics, Takata’s air bag inflators are the only ones that use Ammonium Nitrate as a propellant. Ammonium Nitrate is sensitive to moisture and is a main concern for this issue.
Ford is aware of one injury possibly related to the faulty airbags, but has yet to see any other inflator ruptures in its vehicles on the road or in testing. Please contact your local Ford dealership or check your vin on the My Ford website for the active recall for your vehicle and make an appointment to get this issue resolved on your Mustang.