Ford announces 2006 Ranger recall

JUST IN: Stop driving 2006 Ford Rangers now for airbag risk, Ford says

Ford Motor Company: Ford Issues Safety Recall in North America for Certain 2006 Ford Ranger Vehicles with Takata

Ford is urging owners of about 2,900 Ranger small pickups to stop driving the vehicles until getting a defective Takata airbag replaced.

The death occurred July 1 in West Virginia.

A Mazda Motor Corp spokeswoman said on Thursday the company would conduct a similar recall and stop-drive warning for some 2006 Mazda B-Series trucks, which were built by Ford and are similar to the Ranger.

The manufacturer said it made the decision to recall the vehicles following two incidents involving cars built on the same day.

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The company has set up a website where drivers can check their vehicle identification numbers to see if their truck is included in the recall. At least 21 deaths worldwide have been linked to the Takata inflators, which can rupture and send deadly metal fragments into the driver's body. The inflators, which use ammonium nitrate as a propellant, can explode with too much force, blowing apart a metal canister and spewing shrapnel. The problem brought a criminal conviction and fine against Takata and forced the Japanese company into bankruptcy protection. More than 180 people have been injured.

Ford issued a new recall for automobiles that had been previously recalled in 2016. Weigandt said she didn't know any details about the West Virginia death other than Ford was notified about it December 22 and the company inspected the vehicle on December 27. Ford issued an urgent new recall in the USA and Canada for Rangers with inflators made on that day because of the immediate danger from this lot of inflators.

The second largest U.S. automaker said it confirmed in late December that a July 2017 crash death in West Virginia in a 2006 Ford Ranger was caused by a defective Takata inflator. The recall came after the government announced that Joel Knight, 52, of Kershaw, South Carolina, was killed by an inflator. "We've tried to reach them through multiple channels", she said. The agency also has the authority to fine automakers that don't make recall repairs in a timely manner.

Takata said last summer that it has recalled, or expected to recall, airbags in about 125 million vehicles worldwide by 2019, and 19 different automakers worldwide are impacted. A November report from an independent Takata recall monitor showed that automakers have fixed only 43 percent of the faulty inflators.

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