According to industry insiders, Ford Motor Company begrudgingly recalled 140,000-plus pickup trucks from its profitable F-Series line this past February after prodding from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to do so. The recall was in response to a number of consumer complaints received by the NHTSA concerning defective air bags in the F-150 truck, which is a perennial best seller for the company. Several hundred drivers complained that the air bags were opening suddenly and without reason -- frequently upon starting -- and resulting in a wide array of injuries. In some cases, motorists broke teeth. In others, they broke arms and elbows.