Report: Ford drops Takata as airbag supplier

Report: Ford drops Takata as airbag supplier image

Text: Marcus De Guzman / Photos: Ford | posted November 25, 2015 13:07

Ford to stop using airbag inflators from Takata that use ammonium nitrate

Just weeks after Toyota, Nissan, Mazda and Honda announced that they will drop Takata as their airbag supplier, Ford recently also followed suit according to a report by The Detroit News.

Company spokesperson Kelli Felker stated that Ford will stop using airbag inflators that use ammonium nitrate in any car, SUV or truck made by Ford. However, Ford will still continue to use other auto safety equipment from Takata.

As previously reported, the airbag inflators manufactured by Takata use ammonium nitrate. When deployed, the inflator can explode with too much force that it can send metal debris flying towards the driver or passenger/s of a car. So far, at least 8 fatalities have been reported worldwide while hundreds have been injured by the faulty airbag inflator.

In total, Ford has recalled 1,509,535 vehicles as of late which carry the offending component. Some of the affected vehicles that became a part of the recall include: 2005-2014 Mustang, 2005-2006 Ford GT and 2004-2006 Rangers built in North America.

Source: The Detroit News