Ford Puma small SUV recalled over airbag component fault
Ford Puma small SUVs built between November 2019 and January 2020 are affected by a fault involving a spring inside the steering wheel airbag assembly...
Deliveries of the Ford Puma small SUV are being halted and existing cars recalled over fears that one of the car's airbags may not stay in place after deployment.
The issue does not affect the deployment of the airbag in the event of an accident, and Ford has stressed that the car remains safe to drive, but the company says that "under certain conditions it is possible that the airbag is not retained in the steering wheel after it has been deployed.
"The performance of the airbag in case of an accident with airbag deployment will still meet regulatory requirements and provides sufficient protection for the driver."
Ford says it has stopped selling any Pumas which are already with dealers, and has done so since 7 February. Work is now under way to replace a spring inside the airbag mechanism on cars which are already with dealers. The company says that a safety recall of affected Pumas will follow 'immediately'.
It is not yet clear how many Pumas have been delivered to buyers in the UK, but Ford has confirmed that the issue affects Pumas built between November 2019 and January 2020. Of the affected vehicles, around a third are understood to have been delivered to buyers.
What does the recall mean for me?
If you already drive a Puma, and are worried that your car might be affected, Ford says the best course of action is to take your car to your dealer to arrange the fitment of a new spring as part of the steering wheel airbag mechanism. The company stresses that despite the fault, the Puma remains safe to drive.
For buyers waiting to receive their Pumas, the issue is likely to lead to a short delay in deliveries as dealers fit the replacement component.
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