A Lot of Ford Mustang from 2005 to 2014 have been involved in a massive Recall Campaign due to defected TAKATA airbag Inflators. But how we could manage this in Europe?

First of all we have to answer to some questions:

What is the safety issue with Takata airbags?

Takata determined that a defect related to motor vehicle safety may arise in some non-desiccated ammonium nitrate inflators due to propellant degradation occurring after prolonged exposure to high absolute humidity, high temperatures and high temperature cycling. Testing and analyses conducted by Takata and by independent entities have found that there are wide differences in the time periods in which propellant degradation takes place. The propellant degradation varies in different climate zones, in different vehicle makes and models, and in different inflator and propellant configurations. If the propellant in the airbag inflator has degraded, a rupture in the inflator may occur if the airbag is inflated due to a crash. A ruptured inflator can send inflator parts toward vehicle occupants resulting in serious injury or death.

It is important to note that for vehicles that are part of the Takata recalls, the issue is the airbag inflator and not the actual airbag. The supplier for the airbag and airbag inflator can be different for the same vehicle; it’s also possible to have different suppliers for the driver and passenger side airbag inflators in your vehicle.

What vehicles are affected by this recall?

Vehicles recalled for driver side inflators

2005-2014 Ford Mustang

2005-2006 Ford GT

Vehicles recalled for passenger side inflators

2005-2011 Ford Mustang

2005-2006 Ford GT

How i Discover if my vehicle is included in this recall?

This is the link to verify if you have a safety recall.:

Simply enter your vehicle’s 17-character identification number (VIN) to see any open safety, compliance or emissions recalls, including those that relate to Takata, as well as customer satisfaction programs. You can find your vehicle’s identification number (VIN) on a metal plate located on the lower portion of the instrument panel, just inside the windshield on the driver side. It is most easily viewed from outside the vehicle. Please refer to your owner’s guide for the specific location in your vehicle.

My vehicle is included in this recall. Is it safe to drive?

Based on currently available technical data, Ford Motor Company understands that the vehicles involved in the recent Takata recall are safe to drive while you are waiting for replacement parts. You should have the repair completed as soon as possible after you are notified that parts are available.

How do I know if my vehicle is a high-risk vehicle?

Both the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and Takata have indicated that the highest risk vehicles include older vehicles in areas with the most exposure to a combination of both high humidity and high temperature cycling. There are a number of different recalls related to Takata airbag inflators; in every case Ford is working closely with NHTSA to prioritize vehicle repairs and is working closely with the Agency to ensure our customers are informed on the status of repair availability of their vehicles. Please consider that a lot of our Vehicles come from Overseas, so they probably have already issues with humidity.

How can I get my vehicle fixed?

If your vehicle is affected, you will have to contact The Ford Headquarters of your country. They will provide you the contact of the dealer that is authorised to do the job. When parts become available, they will notify you by mail that you should schedule an appointment .

What is the expected repair? How long will it take to repair?Ford will cover the cost of the labor?

The repair procedure could differ depending on the vehicle. From our experience we can say almost 2 hours. Ford Motor Company will cover completely the cost of the labor.

I have a custom tune installed. Do I haave to restore the original stock tune?

You can drive to the dealer with your custom tune. The updating procedures updates only the RCM module, not the ECM module. So don’t worry.

We hope we have been useful guys. If you need any further information, please don’t hesitate to contact us!

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