After the US regulators’ announcement of the 10th death linked to Takata’s faulty airbags, Ford said on Tuesday it would recall certain Ford Ranger pickups with possible defective inflators.
Ford is expanding its safety recall on vehicles that have certain airbag inflators, after the US regulators declared that those inflators could by deadly. The Ford vehicles affected by this new action are all 2004-2006 Ford Rangers built in North America. Ford said in a statement that it was aware of one report of a death related to a Takata airbag explosive deployment. A total of 391,394 vehicles are now targeted by the expanded recall, including 361,692 in the United States and 29,334 Ranger pickups in Canada. The automaker announced that customers who wanted to know if their cars were included in this recall can visit the company’s website and enter their Vehicle Identification Number in the safety recalls section.
Ford’s action follows the US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration announcement from last week of a new recall campaign over Takata’s airbags involving another 5 million cars. If until recently the number of potentially affected vehicles was around 19 million, the figure now rises to 24 million in the US. The safety regulators said in their report the move was prompted in part by a tragic incident, in which a driver of a 2006 Ford Ranger pickup lost his life in an accident on December 22, 2015 – the 10th fatality allegedly linked to inflators manufactured by the Japanese supplier.