Ford Issues New Recall for Small Group of Ranger Pickups
Forward-thinking Ford asks 2,900 2006 Ranger owners to park their truck after more faulty Takata airbags surface.
Automakers have scrambled in recent years to replace defective airbags produced by Takata Corporation. And now, Ford has decided to issue a new recall affecting 2,900 model year 2006 Ranger pickups. The recall comes on the heels of two confirmed deaths caused by defective Takata airbag inflators. The faulty parts have led to the largest automotive recall in history and a total of 21 deaths so far, 19 of which have occurred in Honda vehicles.
Takata inflators can explode with excessive amounts of force, sending metal fragments into drivers and passengers. So far, the recall spans some 125 million vehicles across 19 manufacturers worldwide. The recall is so large that automakers have struggled to obtain adequate replacement parts for the massive number of vehicles affected.
Ford’s previous recall covered a total of 391,000 2004-2006 Rangers. Both recent reports of faulty inflators occured in 2006 model year Rangers built on the same day. Ford is urging owners of affected trucks to stop driving them immediately until the faulty parts can be replaced.
Ford has offered to pay to have the vehicles towed to dealerships and cover associated costs. Alternatively, mobile repair teams can be sent to owner’s homes. Either way, Ford has offered free loaner vehicles to affected owners if needed.
So far, the recall spans 125 million vehicles across 19 manufacturers worldwide. It is so large that automakers have struggled to obtain replacement parts.
A Mazda Motor Corp spokesperson also confirmed the company would be issuing a similar recall for its 2006 Mazda B-Series trucks, also produced by Ford.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is also urging owners to heed Ford’s warning. “It is extremely important that all high-risk air bags are tracked down and replaced immediately,” NHTSA spokeswoman Karen Aldana said.
Ford is in the process of contacting affected owners, but you can also check NHTSA’s site for up to date recall information.