The recall applies to models from 2004 through 2006 in the U.S. and Canada. The announcement came just days after a South Carolina man was pronounced dead due to a faulty airbag inflator exploding with too much force, killing him with shrapnel.
According to the Huffington Post, car companies will be recalling an additional 5 million vehicles that are equipped with the faulty inflators which were manufactured by Japanese company Takata Corp. While some of the recalls were prompted by the South California accident, the rest are thanks to failures in lab testing.
While the now legendary VW diesel scandal basically eclipsed every other major news story in the automotive world last year with 11 million affected vehicles, this airbag inflator mess is potentially even bigger with 14 affected automakers totalling 24 million vehicles. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration expects recalls to expand further.
This airbag problem has killed 10 people and injured over 100 worldwide.
Ford says owners will begin receiving letters about the recall the week of February 22. Ford customers can also head over to the Ford website to check if their vehicle is affected.