Ford motor company (ford) is recalling certain model year 2009-2012 ford flex, 2008 and 2010-2012 ford taurus, 2008-2009 ford taurus x, 2008 mercury sable, 2009 and 2011 lincoln mks vehicles. the driver frontal air bag may improperly inflate during second-stage deployment in the event of a high speed crash. as such, these vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of federal motor vehicle safety standard (fmvss) number 208, "occupant crash protection."
An improperly inflated air bag increases the risk of injury in the event of a crash.
Ford will notify owners, and dealers will inspect and replace the driver's frontal air bag module, as necessary, free of charge. the recall is expected to begin on june 13, 2016. owners may contact ford customer service at 1-866-436-7332. ford's number for this recall is 16c06.
Owners may also contact the national highway traffic safety administration vehicle safety hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (tty 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
Some things are often misunderstood about recalls and technical service bulletins (TSBs). Plus a disclaimer.
Recalls do not have to be issued only because something is prone to failure.
NHTSA (a government agency) can only require a recall if a failure will affect safety, emissions, fuel economy, or compliance with some other regulation or law.
Manufacturers can voluntarily recall cars for problems that do not affect these, though.
Recalls often apply to only some cars of a specific model year, rather than all of them.
You should receive a letter from the manufacturer if your car has been recalled.
You can also check with the dealer, which will know which (if any) recalls pertain to your car.
The primary purpose of TSBs is to inform dealers about known problems with a car and how to fix them.
They are not the same as recalls. As with recalls, TSBs often only apply to some cars, not the entire model year.
Dealers often will not provide a preventive repair just because a problem described in a TSB might happen to your car.
They'll usually want to observe symptoms that the problem is already affecting your car.
Even if there are symptoms, a manufacturer doesn't have to pick up the cost of a TSB repair if the car is out of warranty, though sometimes they do.
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