Last Wednesday, Ford announced that it is recalling its 2004-2006 F-150 trucks due to potential defective airbags (recall campaign number 11V107000). Ford did the recall voluntarily under mounting pressure from the National Highway Travel Safety Administration. This airbag issue is consistent with my lemon law offices' awareness of increased calls from clients who reported similar airbag issues regarding their Ford F-150 trucks.
According to records, the airbags may randomly deploy, even without any major collision impacts. Although Ford contends that this airbag defect represents only a "minor safety risk" to consumers, a quick search on NHTSA's website shows that there has been reports of vehicle owners "being knocked unconscious" by the faulty air bag. Other owners reported a broken tooth, along with abrasions, contusions and cuts throughout the entire upper body.
This recall is not the only lemon issue that Ford is facing in regards to the same 2005-2006 F-150 trucks. It appears that the same trucks are subject to another recall for defective brakes. As of now, according to the Office of Defects Investigations, there has been "4,465 subject vehicles" that have reported warranty claims relating to this defect. The number of vehicles affects by this faulty brake system is more likely higher.
Here is a brief summary of NHTSA's recall report on the 2005 airbag and brake recall Download file