Monday, 22 January, 2018

Ford Warns Against Driving Certain 2006 Ranger Pickups

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Nellie Chapman | 12 January, 2018, 09:15

Ford inspectors confirmed days later that a faulty Takata air bag inflater ruptured, "resulting in a driver fatality", the company said in a statement.

Ford said the death happened on July 1 in West Virginia and was reported to the auto maker on December 22. "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". Takata alongside its USA entity TK Holdings Inc had filed for bankruptcy in June a year ago 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. The inflators can rupture and send deadly metal fragments into the vehicle. The death occurred in July.

Affected owners are urged not to drive these vehicles and to contact Ford immediately to schedule a free fix. The airbags, made by Takata, were part of a 2016 mass recall of over 19 million vehicles.

Japanese air bag maker is recalling an additional 3.3 million faulty air bag inflators as it expands the largest automotive recall in US history.

Takata, a Japanese group, has since gone bankrupt.

Key, which is based in Sterling Heights and owned by Ningbo Joyson Electronics of China, signed another agreement in November to acquire Takata for $1.6 billion.

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.

If your vehicle does have a recall, call your local dealer to schedule the free fix.

To date, no Tesla vehicle has experienced a problem with a Takata air bag, and hopefully these actions will keep that record clean.

Sign up at NHTSA.gov/Alerts to be notified by e-mail if your vehicle is affected by a future recall.