WASHINGTON - Ford Motor Co. is recalling 135,000 model-year 2005 and 2006 F-150 trucks because a defect could result in inadvertent deployment of the driver-side frontal airbag, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Association.
The trucks covered by the recall were manufactured at the Norfolk assembly plant from Nov. 1, 2004 through June 30, 2005.
If the clockspring jumper wire comes in contact with the driver-side frontal airbag lower horn plate, the wire insulation may become chafed. This creates the potential for a short circuit. If that occurs, the airbag warning lamp may illuminate indicating that service is necessary, and the driver-side frontal airbag may inadvertently deploy.
To remedy the problem, Ford and Lincoln/Mercury dealers will install new clockspring jumper wire that incorporates a protective mesh cover. There will be no charge for these repairs.
Truck owners can reach Ford at (866) 436-7332.