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NHTSA Investigates Air bags on Lincoln Town Cars

WASHINGTON, Aug 27, 2003; Reuters reported that the government has opened an investigation of complaints that side air bags on some Lincoln Town Cars deploy inadvertently.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said it had received 138 complaints that air bags on 2001-2003 Town Cars deployed while the car was moving or after the vehicle ran over a pothole, gravel or debris.

Inspections by dealerships or Ford found either minor undercarriage damage or no evidence of impact.