Ford is telling owners of about 2,900 2006 Ranger pickup trucks not to drive them after discovering that a man was killed in a wreck involving an exploding Takata air bag inflator.
The July 2017 fatality in a crash in West Virginia brings the total to at least 21 deaths related to the airbags worldwide, with most taking place in the U.S. Ford previously reported a similar death that happened in December 2015 in SC.
There have been two fatalities in 2006 Ford Rangers caused by driver-side air bag inflator ruptures from Takata inflators built on the same day. "Dealers are prepared to get vehicles directly from customers, make permanent repairs that will resolve the safety risk and provide a free interim loaner vehicle, if necessary". The death occurred in July.
Ford had previously recalled some 391,000 Rangers from various model-years, but the vehicles in the new recall are all 2006 models built at the Twin Cities Assembly Plant in Minnesota from August 10, 2005 to December 15, 2005. The airbags, made by Takata, were part of a 2016 mass recall of over 19 million vehicles. Takata alongside its United States entity TK Holdings Inc had filed for bankruptcy in June previous year after it stated that it was recalling over 100 million of its airbag inflators worldwide towards the end of 2019 because they could inflate with too much pressure, spraying metal fragments and cause heavy injuries to its occupants, and sometimes even death.
Ford urging drivers to fix air. These include 2,700 in the United States and almost 200 in Canada. Of those 391,000 2004-2006 Ranger vehicles, the new recall announced on Thursday affects 2,900 vehicles.
The Japanese supplier's US subsidiary filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy last June as part of a court-approved agreement to sell its remaining assets to Key Safety Systems. "It is extremely important that all high-risk air bags are tracked down and replaced immediately".
Many automakers have been slow to replace the potentially deadly inflators.
NHTSA will continue to ensure all consumers are kept informed of current and future recalls. A subsequent inspection indicated that the airbag's inflator ruptured, killing the driver.