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Ford recalls over 953,000 vehicles to replace inflators

NOVATO, CA - JUNE 04: The Ford logo is displayed on the front of a brand new Ford Escape SUV on the sales lot at Journey Ford on June 4, 2013 in Novato, California. Ford announced the recall of over 400,000 2013 models of cars and SUVs, including the Fusion, Escape and Taurus models for a possible fuel tank leak that could cause fires. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Ford is recalling more than 953,000 vehicles worldwide to replace Takata passenger air bag inflators that can explode and hurl shrapnel.

The move includes 782,000 vehicles in the U.S. and is part of the largest series of recalls in U.S. history.

Included are the 2010 Ford Edge and Lincoln MKX, the 2010 and 2011 Ford Ranger, the 2010 to 2012 Ford Fusion and Lincoln MKZ, the 2010 and 2011 Mercury Milan, and the 2010 to 2014 Ford Mustang.

Some of the recalls may be limited to specific geographic areas of the U.S.

At least 23 people have been killed worldwide by the inflators.

Ford says it doesn’t know of any injuries in vehicles included in this recall. Dealers will replace the inflators.

Takata uses the chemical ammonium nitrate to create an explosion to inflate air bags. But it can deteriorate over time due to heat and humidity and explode with too much force, blowing apart a metal canister designed to contain the explosion.

Takata recalls are being phased in through 2020.

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