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Apr142011

Ford Recalls 1.2 Million F-150 Pickups

KAREN BLEIER/AFP/Getty Images(DEARBORN, Mich.) -- Ford Motor Co. said Thursday it will recall 1.2 million F-150 pickup trucks made between 2004 and 2006 because of an airbag wiring defect.

The airbags can pop out unexpectedly without warning, mainly when drivers start the car.  Numerous injuries have been reported because of the defect, including broken teeth and noses.

In February, Ford recalled about 10 percent -- or nearly 150,000 -- of the F-150 pickup trucks manufactured in 2005 and 2006, claiming they were the only ones with the defect.

But the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration argued otherwise, and pushed Ford to recall thousands more trucks which the government says caused at least 98 reported injuries.

The problem, officials say, is a wire bundle under the steering wheel column that rubs against a sharp edge.  It can be fixed by simply wrapping a wire bundle with tape to protect it. 

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