Ford expands recall of F-150 pickup truck

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Ford Motor Co. on Thursday expanded a recall of its popular F-150 pickup truck to about 1.2 million vehicles because front-seat airbags could inflate without the vehicle being involved in a collision.

Federal safety regulators said there have been at least 269 incidents, making it the most “ever recorded in any inadvertent airbag deployment investigation or recall” in the history of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Earlier this year, Ford recalled 144,000 of the pickups, saying that the problem was mostly isolated to trucks built at Ford’s now-closed Norfolk, Va., factory that were sold in the 2005 and 2006 model years.

But the small size of the recall drew the interest of federal safety regulators who thought that the automaker should have called far more trucks. Ford is now recalling trucks built at factories in Dearborn, Mich., and in Kansas City, Mo., during the 2004 through 2006 model years.

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