Ford bows to government demand, agrees to expand driver's air bag recall nationwide

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Ford says it's expanding a recall for faulty driver's side air bag inflators to the entire U.S. as demanded by the government.

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The move adds 447,000 Ford vehicles to the list of those recalled due to driver's inflators made by Japan's Takata Corp. The inflators can explode with too much force, spewing shrapnel into drivers and passengers.

Ford's action puts pressure on BMW and Chrysler, the only two automakers that haven't agreed to national recalls. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration made the demand, saying the inflators are dangerous.

Honda and Mazda recalls already are national. Previously the recalls were limited to high-humidity states mainly along the Gulf Coast.

Ford's national recall covers certain 2005 to 2008 Mustangs and 2005 and 2006 GT sports cars.