DETROIT — Ford is recalling more than 953,000 vehicles worldwide to replace Takata passenger air bag inflaters that can explode and hurl shrapnel.
The move includes over 782,000 vehicles in the United States and is part of the largest series of recalls in U.S. history.
Included are the 2010 Ford Edge and Lincoln MKX, the 2010 and 2011 Ford Ranger, the 2010 to 2012 Ford Fusion and Lincoln MKZ, the 2010 and 2011 Mercury Milan, and the 2010 to 2014 Ford Mustang.
Some of the recalls may be limited to specific geographic areas of the United States.
Takata used the chemical ammonium nitrate to create an explosion to inflate air bags. But it can deteriorate over time due to heat and humidity and explode with too much force, blowing apart a metal canister designed to contain the explosion. At least 23 people have been killed worldwide and hundreds injured by the inflaters.
Ford says it doesn't know of any injuries in vehicles included in this recall. Dealers will replace the inflaters.
Ford will notify owners about the recall starting on Feb. 18, said spokeswoman Monique Brentley.
Owners can go to owner.ford.com to key in their vehicle identification number to see if their cars are being recalled.
More than three years after the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration took over management of recalls involving Takata inflaters, one third of the recalled inflaters still have not been replaced.
A report says 16.7 million faulty inflaters out of 50 million under recall have yet to be replaced. -- AP