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The newer Fords no longer have inertia switches to cut off the fuel system. The RCM (Restraint Control Module) for the air bags now controls the cutting off of the fuel system in an accident.
Yes, that is correct. It is more reliable than the old inertia switches that would stick and not open in an accident.
Either clear all the trouble codes in the RCM, or if they will not clear, then have it replaced. It will need to be programed to the vehicle with the proper scan tool to allow it to work properly in the vehicle.
Only the airbags that deployed need to be replaced. You can scan the RCM and have the codes cleared and retested to get the vehicle to run.
Yes you can. You will still get the codes for the deployed airbags. But the vehicle should start.
The local techs should have a scan tool that can gets codes from the Air Bag System. They just need the proper scan tool to do it. As for the particular code, it could be any of them.
Yes, that is what we use at the dealership.