Javelin SuperDork
Feb. 23, 2011 10:14 a.m.

http://www.autoblog.com/2011/02/23/ford-recalling-150-000-f-150-models-for-faulty-airbag-deployment/

According to the story a mis-installed wire could chafe, short, and then throw an airbag at you. Sounds like fun. I want to hear the whole story about the guy that leapt from his truck though

pilotbraden HalfDork
Feb. 23, 2011 11:10 a.m.

Only on trucks assembled on first shift? Could it be that an idiot managed to keep his job due to the UAW?

Travis_K Dork
Feb. 23, 2011 12:15 p.m.

Mk4 vws were recalled for this too a few years ago.

4cylndrfury SuperDork
Feb. 23, 2011 12:20 p.m.

10:1 says that uncle sam is about to bail out Honda, take a 48% ownership stake, and then the NHTSA will force ford to suck for a year and a half

DukeOfUndersteer SuperDork
Feb. 23, 2011 12:22 p.m.
Travis_K wrote: Mk4 vws were recalled for this too a few years ago.

The side airbags?

RossD Dork
Feb. 23, 2011 12:32 p.m.

Hey, I have an '06 F150 with air bags! I win!

Type Q HalfDork
Feb. 23, 2011 1:34 p.m.
pilotbraden wrote: Only on trucks assembled on first shift? Could it be that an idiot managed to keep his job due to the UAW?

Or some shiny happy tyrant of a supervisor insisted it be done that way. I have seen both scenarios.

I have never worked at Ford so am not in really in a position to comment.

wbjones Dork
Feb. 23, 2011 2:16 p.m.

wonder what day of the week it was made ?

heard a lot of horror stories about cars made on Mondays and on Fridays...

of course they'll keep their job... that's what a union is for isn't it ?

CGLockRacer Reader
Feb. 23, 2011 2:43 p.m.

I thought that was the drowsy driver feature. You fall asleep and a pillow deploys for you.

Curmudgeon SuperDork
Feb. 23, 2011 7:37 p.m.

Heh. My favorite Ford airbag recall was the ones way back in the '80's which had the 'ignitor' screwed into the housing. The 'propellant' wasn't properly cleaned from the threads during assembly, meaning that during a deployment the propellant would burn a hole through the aluminum housing and set the steering wheel on fire.

Travis_K Dork
Feb. 23, 2011 9:36 p.m.

I think it was the side airbags on the vw, if I remember right the one first hand account of it actually happening that I read only the passenger side side air bags deployed. The local vw dealer said one had come in there with blown airbags too, but long after the recall.

mad_machine SuperDork
Feb. 24, 2011 10:04 a.m.

just proves that airbags are evil

Conquest351 Reader
Feb. 24, 2011 11:24 a.m.

I work at a Ford dealership. The line of people getting their VIN's checked is beginning. LOL

oh joy...

Travis_K Dork
Feb. 24, 2011 12:07 p.m.

I think in some cases airbags probably do help alot, but I think that it's also true that they can have little to no benefit sometimes, and can even potentally cause worse injury than not having them. It just depends on what kind if accidents you plan on getting in. Lol.

oldsaw SuperDork
Feb. 24, 2011 12:13 p.m.
Travis_K wrote: I think in some cases airbags probably do help alot, but I think that it's also true that they can have little to no benefit sometimes, and can even potentally cause worse injury than not having them. It just depends on what kind if accidents you plan on getting in. Lol.

If "accidents" are planned, aren't they really "purposes"?

Airbags exist, if only to placate morons who think their cars must protect them regardless of their own stupid actions.

There are probably other reasons, too.

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