Under pressure from government safety regulators, Ford Motor Co. is expanding a recall of the popular F-150 pickup truck to include nearly 1.2 million vehicles that may have defective air bags.
The wider recall, announced Thursday by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, covers all F-150s built for the 2004 and 2005 model years, as well as part of the 2006 model year. Also included are 16,000 2006 Lincoln LT pickups.
An electrical short can cause the air bags to deploy unexpectedly, in some cases injuring drivers.
In February, Ford agreed to fix 150,000 F-150s, but resisted the government's wishes to recall nearly 1.2 million trucks that may have the problem.
Ford's F-Series pickup truck is the top-selling vehicle in America, and the F-150 makes up about 65 percent of F-Series sales. Through March, the company sold nearly 127,000 of the pickups, and it sold more than 528,000 last year. The F-Series also includes heavier duty trucks such as the F-250 and F-350. Those were not included in the recall.