Ford Motor Co. recently announced that they have confirmed a second death in an older one of their pickup trucks caused by a defective Takata Corp. airbag. This most recent recall affects approximately 2,900 people in North America.
The final straw came in late December 2017, when Ford was able to confirm that a fatal West Virginia 2006 Ford Ranger crash was in fact caused by a defective Takata inflator. Ford has traced the issue to a group of 2006 Ford Ranger pickups that all had inflators that were built by Takata on the same day.
So far, 21 deaths have been linked to Takata inflators world wide. The inflators were built incorrectly causing the airbags to explode with some much force that they rupture when activated, sending metal fragments into unlucky drivers.
Ford first issued a recall for Taka inflators in 2016, when over 391,000 2004-2006 Ford Ranger pickups. Comparatively, this recall only affects 2,900 vehicles. Unfortunately, if you are one of the individuals that owns one of these cars you absolutely cannot drive it.
To ensure that no one gets back on the road if they do own one of these recalled vehicles, Ford has offered to pay to have vehicles towed to dealerships or send mobile repair teams to owners’ homes and provide free loaner vehicles if needed.
According to a June 2017 Takata statement, when all is said and done they will have recalled, about 125 million vehicles worldwide by 2019, including more than 60 million in the United States. Some 19 automakers worldwide are impacted.
Takata inflators can explode with excessive force, unleashing metal shrapnel inside cars and trucks and have injured more than 200. The defect led Takata to file for bankruptcy protection in June.
If you do have a 2006 Ford Ranger, reach out to your local Ford dealership today, and don’t drive it anymore!