Ford Urges Some Ranger Owners Not To Drive After Takata Deaths

JUST IN: Stop driving 2006 Ford Rangers now for airbag risk, Ford says

JUST IN: Stop driving 2006 Ford Rangers now for airbag risk, Ford says

Ford Motor warning owners of almost 3,000 older Ranger pickup trucks not to drive them after learning that a driver was killed a year ago when a defective air bag made by Japanese supplier Takata Corp. ruptured in a crash. Ford said it learned on December 22 about a second fatal crash in West Virginia that happened on July 1, 2017.

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.

Owners of the vehicles can contact Ford to schedule a free repair, with the automaker saying it will send mobile repair teams to owners' homes, tow vehicles to local dealerships for repair, and provide loaner vehicles, free of charge. The death occurred in July.

At least 20 deaths worldwide and hundreds of injuries have been linked to Takata airbags, according to reports last month.

Owners of 2006 Rangers covered by the stop-drive order who have not been notified yet by Ford can go to to find out if their vehicle is under recall.

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.

Ford urging drivers to fix air.

Most of the vehicles were sold in the United States, with 190 others sold in Canada. Millions of affected vehicles have been recalled since flaws were found in the airbags in 2014.

The Japanese supplier's USA subsidiary filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy last June as part of a court-approved agreement to sell its remaining assets to Key Safety Systems. "NHTSA's top priority is safety; 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.

The recalls, which are being managed by NHTSA, are being phased in over the next three years. A subsequent inspection indicated that the airbag's inflator ruptured, killing the driver.

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