Originally Posted by 5.0 Candy REDCS View Post
Are you certain the passenger side airbag is other than Takata? I'm not privy to insider info as you obviously are, just a concerned owner/driver trying to ask "tough questions".
Find it quite odd that another brand of airbag is installed passenger side,wonder what the logic behind that really is!!!
Not odd at all. I've parted out a couple of cars and it's pretty common to have different suppliers for different parts etc.
My theory is that Takata supplies small/compact airbags (seems as though most of the US vehicles with these airbags have very small airbags in the steering wheel - think Chrysler 300, Ford GT, Mustang etc.).
I've seen a bunch of passenger airbags on the Mustangs removed from the vehicles (trying to find a satin silver dash kit to upgrade from black) and I haven't seen Takata ANYWHERE on the passenger side.
However, remove the two bolts on the driver's side airbag and it says Takata holdings on the back. All of them from 05-14 say this. Check ebay for some airbags from scrap stangs. You'll see what I mean.
Remember the T-Birds and Mark VIII's from the 90s? Well, they had double platinum plugs on one side of the engine and single platinum on the other side. Has to do with the waste-spark ignition. (side-note: when I partied out my t-bird, the 19 year old airbag was a TRW and had NO RUST on the inflator, unlike all of the Mustang inflators)
Ford (and every other company for that matter) is gonna go with the lowest bidder. Let's say TRW won the bid for the passenger side airbag, but was beat out by Takata by $10. Guess who's gonna make the driver's airbag?
I really wouldn't worry about it. The only fatalities have been in Hondas, and they were all around 10+ years old at the time.
Be patient and enjoy the Stang! And the weather! It's gonna snow in like 12 weeks lol.