DETROIT, MI – Ford Motor Co. is recalling 1 million Mustangs and GTs as part of a growing list of vehicles affected by a recall of airbags made by Takata Corp.
The Associated Press reports that Ford added additional model years of an already existing recall of some 500,000 Mustangs and GTs to bring the total to about 1 million. The recall now affects Mustangs from 2005-2014 and GTs from 2005-2006.
Ford’s added vehicles come after Takata announced last month it is recalling 33.8 million vehicles in the U.S. for airbags that could explode and send metal pieces flying at drivers and passengers.
The faulty driver- and passenger-side airbags have been linked to at least six deaths, including five in the U.S., and more than 100 injuries.
The National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration is waiting for auto manufacturers to update their lists of affected vehicles, and that process could take several weeks, but in the meantime, motorists can look up their vehicle identification number, or VIN, here at the safercar.gov website.
Investigations by automakers, Takata and regulators have been searching for the root cause of the defective airbags. So far, the consensus is that the chemical propellant that ignites the air bag inflators can be damaged by moisture over time in humid environments. Once damaged, the propellant becomes explosive.
Takata’s recall is now considered the largest automotive-related one in American history.
About 11 automakers are affected, and several have begun sourcing replacements parts from other suppliers as affected car oeners bring their vehicles in to dealerships to be fixed.
The unprecedented recall has been so massive that Takata has struggled to supply replacement parts.
A Takata spokesman told Reuters last month the Japanese supplier aims to up its production of replacement inflators to 1 million a month by September, up from the current 500,000 replacement parts it is churning out. But Mark Rosekind, an administrator for NHTSA, cautioned that the recall could take “some years” to complete, according to Reuters.
On Tuesday, a U.S. House energy and commerce subcommittee will hold a hearing to get an update on the recall.
David Muller is the automotive and business reporter for MLive Media Group in Detroit. Email him at firstname.lastname@example.org or follow him on Twitter