The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has denied a petition by Ford Motor Company, forcing the automaker to recall 3 million vehicles equipped with Takata driver-side airbags that are potentially defective and could rupture and injure the vehicle’s occupants. Ford had asked NHTSA in 2017 to not force them to recall the vehicles in question. In denying the OEM’s appeal NHTSA officials stated the “evidence makes clear that these inflators pose a significant safety risk.”

The recall applies to Ford Ranger, Fusion, Edge, Lincoln Zephyr/MKZ, Mercury Milan and Lincoln MKX vehicles from 2006 through 2012 model years , along with Mazda 2007-2009 model year B-Series vehicles, which were built and designed by Ford using the same airbags.

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