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Ford Urges Some Ranger Owners Not To Drive After Takata Deaths

12 January 2018

Ford is urging owners of 2006 Ranger trucks to stop driving them immediately.

Ford said the death happened on July 1 in West Virginia and was reported to the auto maker on December 22.

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. Automakers will provide specific models in paperwork that will be filed later this month with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. All of the other deaths have occurred in Hondas.

Ford is telling owners of about 2,900 Ranger small pickup trucks not to drive them after finding out that an exploding Takata air bag inflator killed a Ranger driver in West Virginia. Of the 391,000 recalled, the new warning involves 2,900 vehicles, including 2,700 in the USA and almost 200 in Canada.

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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.

"Ford is saddened by these tragic losses and offers its honest condolences to the drivers' families", the company said.

"It is extremely important that all high-risk airbags are tracked down and replaced immediately", the federal safety agency said in a statement.

The recalls, which are being managed by NHTSA, are being phased in over the next three years.

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Many automakers have been slow to replace the potentially deadly inflators.

Eventually, Tesla will recall every Model S between the model years of 2012 to 2016 - the original Roadster, Model X and Model 3 all remain unaffected - with future announcements and replacement schedules being decided by NHTSA.

Takata said in June that it has recalled, or expected to recall, about 125 million vehicles worldwide by 2019, including more than 60 million in the United States. A subsequent inspection indicated that the airbag's inflator ruptured, killing the driver.

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Ford Urges Some Ranger Owners Not To Drive After Takata Deaths