Ford doesn't believe a recall is necessary for about 2.5 million vehicles.
Ford has filed a petition with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration in the hopes of avoiding a massive recall that would cover about 2.5 million vehicles.
Ford's petition comes a week after the NHTSA requested that the company recall 2.5 million vehicles equipped with Takata-made airbags. The NHTSA determined through new testing that the airbags fitted to certain Ford vehicles made between 2007 and 2012 could contain defective and potentially lethal driver's air bags.
Ford dismissed the claim as inconsequential and urged the NHTSA "to continue testing and analyzing our inflators," according to Reuters. Mazda, which was asked to recall 6,000 Ford Ranger-based B-series trucks, is also petitioning the recall.
Meanwhile, Nissan says it will abide by the same recall request made by the NHTSA "out of an abundance of caution." Nissan is recalling a total of 627,000 vehicles equipped with Takata airbags in its latest recall.
Takata airbags have been linked to 17 deaths and over 180 injuries worldwide. The embattled supplier recently filed for bankruptcy protection.