Air bag hazard: Ford provides 33000 Rangers to do-not-drive record

Air bag hazard: Ford provides 33000 Rangers to do-not-drive record

Ford is advising these owners of certain Ford Rangers to stop driving their vehicles so dealers can make repairs immediately.

And the Mazda B-Series truck as well.

Ford in January had urged 2,900 owners of 2006 Ford Ranger pickups to stop driving immediately until they can get replacement parts after a second death was linked to inflators built on the same day.

Owners of certain 2006 Ford Rangers are being told to park their trucks immediately as part of a recall to fix faulty Takata airbags.

A company investigation into Ranger inflators from the 2006 model year found test results showing that more inflators had ruptured or recorded high internal pressure readings, spokeswoman Elizabeth Weigandt said Monday.

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The affected vehicles were built at the Twin Cities Assembly Plant from August 10, 2005 to December 15, 2005.

Two U.S. senators in January questioned why Ford's warning only applied to a small number of the 391,000 2004-2006 Ranger trucks recalled for Takata air bags in 2016 in the United States. At least 22 people have died and more than 180 have been hurt because of the problem. The faulty inflators have led to the largest automotive recall in history.

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. But Ford Performance Chief Engineer Jamal Hameedi, who was instrumental in bringing the original SVT Raptor to market, says he suspects the high-performance mid-size pickup might do well in the market - provided that it has the right powertrain. Of the total number of Rangers recalled, 30,603 are located in the United States and and 2,825 in Canada.

In the case of the Ford Ranger and its badge-engineered sibling, 90 percent of the vehicles affected by the Do Not Drive order are in the U.S., and the recall was expanded after the report of a second death due to airbag inflator malfunction which happened in July of 2017 in West Virginia. Approximately 30,603 vehicles are located in the USA and 2,825 in Canada. "We respond to the data", she said.

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