Washington — Ford Motor Co. is expanded its recall of faulty passenger side air bag inflators that were made by Japanese supplier Takata by approximately 816,000 vehicles.
The Dearborn company said the recall expansion, which was planned to include new geographic regions, will cover Ford, Lincoln and Mercury vehicles built in North America.
Models affected by the new recall include:
■ 2005-09 and 2012 Ford Mustang;
■ 2005-06 Ford GT
■ 2006-09 and 2012 Ford Fusion
■ 2007-09 Ford Ranger
■ 2007-09 Ford Edge
■ 2006-09 and 2012 Lincoln Zephyr and Lincoln MKZ
■ 2007-09 Lincoln MKX
■ 2006-09 Mercury Milan
Ford said Thursday 654,695 of the recalled cars are in the United States and federalized territories, while 161,174 are in Canada. The company said it is not aware of any injuries that were associated with the newly-recalled passenger side inflators.
The recalled Ford air bags are included in a recall of nearly 70 million inflators that are part of the largest automotive callback in U.S. history.
Flying shrapnel from exploding Takata inflators has been tied to 11 deaths and more than 100 injuries in the United States, and possibly two more deaths outside the U.S.
The recall of nearly 70 million Takata air bag inflators is being conducted in phases that target the most vulnerable cars that are located in humid climates. Approximately 46 million Takata air bags in 29 million cars were already subject to recall as of December 2016, with another 20 to 25 million additional air bags set to be recalled within the next couple of years.
Takata has been ordered to recall all of the faulty air bags by the end of 2019. The recall is being implemented in a phased approach that prioritizes cars that were sold in states with high temperature and humidity. Michigan is among the lowest-priority states in the recall.
Takata has publicly apologized for the faulty air bags amid congressional inquiries into its handling of the defective parts. It reached a $70 million settlement with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration over the recalls.
Ford said its dealers will replace the passenger frontal air bag inflator for free.