Ford Urges 2900 Pickup Owners To Stop Driving After New Takata Death
Jan 12 2018
Ford issued a critical warning Thursday that certain recalled model year 2006 Ford Rangers with defective Takata air bags are an "immediate risk to safety", federal officials said. Ford said it learned on December 22 about a second fatal crash in West Virginia that happened on July 1, 2017. Ford inspectors confirmed days later that a faulty Takata air bag inflater ruptured, "resulting in a driver fatality", the company said in a statement.
In the United States alone, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said 34 million vehicles with a total of 46 million airbags have been impacted. All of the other deaths have occurred in Hondas.
Ford Motor Company has identified approximately 3,000 2006 model year Ranger vehicles in North America with airbag inflators that pose higher risk of rupturing in the event of a crash.
At least 20 deaths worldwide and hundreds of injuries have been linked to Takata airbags, according to reports last month.
Dealers will fix the trucks at owners' homes or tow them to dealerships for the work, spokeswoman Elizabeth Weigandt said.
Ford issued a new recall for the 2,900 Rangers in the US and Canada.
The defect led Takata to file for bankruptcy protection in June, but the company still faces multiple lawsuits.
Ford has an online vehicle identification number look-up tool that customers can use to determine if their vehicle is one of those involved in this action. A November NHTSA report said about two-thirds of US vehicles recalled have not yet been repaired.
NHTSA will continue to ensure all consumers are kept informed of current and future recalls.
If your vehicle does have a recall, call your local dealer to schedule the free fix.
Auto manufacturer Ford on Thursday recalled 2,900 vehicles following a second fatal accident involving the explosion of a faulty Takata airbag.
The NHTSA in November had stated that 19 automakers had recalled over 46 million inflators in 34 million USA vehicles - and by 2019 as many as 70 million U.S. inflators will have been recalled.