There has been a recall of the 2005 and 2006 model Ford F-150 pickup trucks is due to inadvertent airbag deployment. There have been no deaths, but injuries have been reported.
Ford said that it would recall 144,000 F-150 pickup trucks because front-seat airbags could inflate without the vehicle being involved in a collision. The automaker said it was aware of 238 incidents of inadvertent airbag deployment in the trucks, causing 77 injuries but no deaths.
Ford said the inadvertent deployments that had been reported were preceded by the illumination of a dashboard warning lamp indicating that the restraint system should be serviced. Ford said that in most instances the airbag went off within the first few seconds after the engine was started. However, there were some reports that indicated that the vehicle was on a public roadway when the deployment occurred.
Ford will notify owners in early March and ask them to bring their vehicles to their local dealer for replacement of the wiring harness. This repair takes about half of a day.