Ford announces recall of F-150 trucks, cites assembly errorThe world's most profitable automaker, Ford Motor, has a supplier issue to contend with: The company announced it will recall about 144,000 vehicles in the U.S. and Canada from the 2005-2006 model years on fears that airbags could deploy without warning.

Ford said a mistake in its supply chain at a Norfolk, Virginia manufacturing facility could potentially lead to errors in the electrical systems of the recalled cars. According to the company, airbag wires in the steering wheels of its F-150 pickup trucks could short circuit and potentially deploy the safety devices.

A company spokesperson said Ford had received some complaints of faulty wiring causing airbags to deploy, but they were mostly limited to a few cases and occurred right after the car was turned on. "Ford is aware of one customer that jumped from the vehicle after a deployment that occurred in a driveway," the company said in a statement.

Ford's F-150 is the best-selling car in the U.S.; the automaker dominates the lucrative truck market and its most recent supply chain error could cost the carmaker market share. The company said affected vehicles were mostly constructed during the first working shift at its Norfolk plant from November 2004 to June 2006.
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