Driver of Ford Ranger Dies from Airbag Shrapnel
The death of a man in South Carolina has prompted the Federal Government to initiate a nationwide recall of 5 million vehicles, Reuters reports.
A gentleman from Georgia was driving his 2006 Ford Ranger in South Carolina when he struck a cow blocking the road. When his airbag detonated, metal pieces from the inflator allegedly exploded from the airbag piercing the man’s neck, fatally wounding him. This is the 10th death related the manufacturer of the airbag, Takata Corporation, a company based out of Tokyo, Japan. There have also been at least 100 reported injuries involving shrapnel from Takata airbags in the U.S. alone. We surmise that this will be the crushing blow for Takata and that they will have a tough time staying afloat.
With this recall, the totals worldwide now mount up to 28 million vehicles with 24 million of those coming from the United States. Manufactures affected by the recall, aside from Ford, include: Honda, Mazda, Volkswagen, Audi, Mercedes-Benz, and BMW.
If and when you get a recall notice, be sure make an appointment with your local dealership promptly!