Question of the Week: What to Do with a Recalled Ranger?

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Ford Motor Company has rolled out a new list of vehicles affected by the defective Takata airbag inflators and for the first time, a Ford truck is on the list. Although Ford has yet to see an inflator failure in one of their vehicles, the 2007-2011 Ranger has been added to the long list of affected FoMoCo vehicles.

If you are unfamiliar with the details on the Takata airbag inflator issue – here is a quick rundown.

The passenger side inflator modules from Takata lack a drying agent. Without the drying agent, these inflators in vehicles in humid or damp areas are prone to corrosion and if the corrosion to the inflator is severe enough, these metal inflator housings can fracture when the airbag opens. Basically, when the airbag comes out, it is accompanied by a bunch of high velocity rust.

In some cases (not Ford vehicles), these high velocity pieces of metal have caused severe injury and even death, so automakers have been scrambling to recall those vehicles which have been in humid areas.

With all of that in mind, we come to our Question of the Week.

If you own a 2007-2011 Ford Ranger, are you concerned about the safety of the passenger side airbag inflator? Many people ignore recall notices and with no reports of inflator fractures in Ford vehicles, we are curious to see how many owners will be making the trip to their dealership for repairs.

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