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Changan Ford Automobile Co. Ltd., a joint venture between China's Changan Automobile and American automaker Ford, on Friday started to recall 547,876 vehicles due to safety risk of airbags.
The recall involves 344,872 Mondeo models manufactured between Jan. 4, 2013, and Oct. 11, 2016 and 203,004 Edge models produced between Sept. 4, 2014, and June 9, 2017, the State Administration for Market Regulation said in a statement on its website.
Defective airbags were equipped with inflators not containing desiccant. When the airbags deploy, airbag inflators of the affected vehicles may rupture, spewing out shrapnel and posing risks to drivers and passengers, said the administration.
Changan Ford will replace the defective airbags free of charge, it said.