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Ford expands recall of F-150 pickup to nearly 1.2M

The 2011 Ford F-150 is seen. Ford Motor Co. recalled nearly 365,000 F-150 pickup trucks in North America on Thursday to fix a problem with the interior door handles that could lead to the doors opening in a crash. (Ford)

April 14, 2011 12:00:00 AM PDT
Ford on Thursday expanded its recall of F-150 pickup trucks to include nearly 1.2 million vehicles that may have defective air bags.

The recall covers trucks from the 2004 through 2006 model years. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, an electrical short can cause the air bags to deploy unexpectedly, in some cases injuring drivers.

In February, Ford agreed to fix 150,000 of the trucks but resisted the government's wishes to recall all 1.2 million trucks that may have the problem.

Ford said it knows of no crashes caused by the airbag problem, but NHTSA said in a January letter to Ford that the agency knew ofb269 cases in which the air bags deployed inadvertently, resulting in 98 injuries, some serious.

Ford's F-Series pickup truck is the top-selling vehicle in America, and the F-150 makes up about 60 percent of F-Series sales.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.