Ford Vehicle Recall: How to Tell—and What to Do—If Your Vehicle Has a Faulty Airbag

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On Friday, January 4, Ford announced that it would be recalling close to 1 million of its vehicles due to exploding Takata airbags, Newsweek reports. Of those 953,000 vehicles, 782,000 are in the U.S., making this part of the largest series of recalls in American history.

Affected Ford models include the 2010 Ford Edge, the 2010 and 2011 Ford Ranger, the 2010 to 2012 Ford Fusion, and the 2010 to 2014 Ford Mustang. Ford mailed out a notice to all owners of the vehicles included in the recall, but even if you didn't receive one, you can confirm whether your car is in need of service online. After heading to the recalls page of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's website, enter the 17-character vehicle identification number (VIN) printed on your car's windshield and registration card. This should tell you whether or not your vehicle is safe to drive. If your car is on the list of those models affected, contact your nearest authorized dealer to make an appointment to have the airbags replaced (which should be done at no cost to you).

The NHTSA's recall database includes all cars impacted by the Takata airbag recall—not just Ford models. Other models to look out for include the 2006 Lincoln Zephyr, the 2007 to 2011 Lincoln MKZ, the 2007 to 2010 Lincoln MKX, and the 2006 to 2011 Mercury Milan. According to the administration, there are roughly 37 million cars with the faulty airbags still on the road. Audi, BMW, Jaguar, Land Rover, Mercedes-Benz, Mazda, Mitsubishi, Toyota, and Volkswagen are among the brands that have been affected.

The airbags being recalled depend on a small explosion ignited by the chemical ammonium nitrate to inflate during a crash. When subjected to heat and humidity over time, the airbags can degrade, potentially causing the canister that's meant to contain the explosion to rupture and shoot bits of metal into the vehicle.

The issue with these airbags was first reported by The New York Times back in 2014, with various recalls issued in the years since. More than 20 people have reportedly died as a result of the malfunction, and hundreds more have been injured. Takata will be continuing the recall effort now through 2020.

[h/t Newsweek]

Celebrate the Holidays With the 2020 Harry Potter Funko Pop Advent Calendar

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Funko

Though the main book series and movie franchise are long over, the Wizarding World of Harry Potter remains in the spotlight as one of the most popular properties in pop-culture. The folks at Funko definitely know this, and every year the company releases a new Advent calendar based on the popular series so fans can count down to the holidays with their favorite characters.

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Right now, you can pre-order the 2020 edition of Funko's popular Harry Potter Advent calendar, and if you do it through Amazon, you'll even get it on sale for 33 percent off, bringing the price down from $60 to just $40.

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Over the course of the holiday season, the Advent calendar allows you to count down the days until Christmas, starting on December 1, by opening one of the tiny, numbered doors on the appropriate day. Each door is filled with a surprise Pocket Pop! figurine—but outside of the trio of Harry, Hermione, and Ron, the company isn't revealing who you'll be getting just yet.

Calendars will start shipping on October 15, but if you want a head start, go to Amazon to pre-order yours at a discount.

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Turn Your Couch or Bed Into an Office With This Comfortable Lap Desk

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LapGear

If you're not working in an office right now, you'll understand the freedom of taking a Zoom meeting from your back porch, jotting down notes from your bed, and filling out spreadsheets from your sofa. But working from home isn't always as comfortable as everyone thinks it is, especially if you're trying to get through the day while balancing a notebook, computer, and stationery on your lap. To give you the space you need while maintaining your well-earned place on the couch, LapGear has the perfect solution to your problems with their lap desk, which you can find on Amazon for $35.

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With more than 6000 reviews and a 4.8-star rating on Amazon, the lap desk can fit laptops and tablets up to 15.6 inches across and includes an integrated 5-inch-by-9-inch mouse pad and cell phone slot for better organization. There's even a ledge built into the desk to help keep your device from sliding when you're at an angle.

For some added comfort, the bottom of the desk is designed with dual-bolster cushions, so you'll never have to feel a hot laptop on your thighs again. The top surface is available in various colors like white marble ($30), silver carbon ($35), and oak woodgrain ($35) to work with your design aesthetic.

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