Ford recalls pick-ups due to unneeded airbag deployment

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Potential issues with airbags prompted Ford Motor Company ( F ) to recall nearly 150,000 F-150 pick-up trucks, the company announced on Wednesday .

CNN reports that while the move targets trucks in the U.S. and Canada, the Dearborn, Michigan-based automaker will not recall more than 1 million other trucks that government auto safety regulators asked Ford to scrutinize because the company does not believe it's necessary.

If necessary, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is authorized to compel Ford to comply but, before that, the NHTSA will review what Ford plans on doing and then will decide if the automaker is handling the safety issue in an adequate fashion.

About 135,000 trucks in the U.S. and 9,000 in Canada are subject to the recall, all of which were manufactured at Ford's plant in Norfolk, Va., between late 2004 and mid 2005. The Norfolk plant has manufactured F-150s that tend to have more airbag deployments than those manufactured at other plants. Many of those deployments are unwanted.

But airbag deployments also have occurred unnecessarily in F-150s manufactured in other plants, according to the NHTSA.

Shortly before 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Ford stock was down 2.43 percent, a $0.37 dip to $14.86 per share.



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