The owners of 33,000 2006 Ford Rangers and 1,800 2006 Mazda B-series pickups got some more crappy news recently in the form of a "Do Not Drive" warning thanks to the extended nightmare that is the Takata airbag recall, which stems from improperly made metal airbag inflators that can detonate, sending shrapnel into the passenger compartment. The agency has asked Ford, Mazda and Takata to focus testing on inflators built outside that 2005 production range "to ensure that other vehicles do not need to be included", the statement said.
Two U.S. senators in January questioned why Ford's warning applied only to a small number of the 391,000 2004-06 Ranger trucks recalled for Takata airbags in 2016 in the United States.
Ford says the affected models are certain 2006 Ford Rangers built at Twin Cities Assembly Plant from August 10, 2005 to December 15, 2005 and from August 5, 2005 to November 4, 2005. Ford is advising owners of affected Rangers to stop driving their vehicles so dealers can make repairs immediately.
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Dealers will pick up the Rangers from owners and take them in for repairs.
Ford said last month a July 2017 crash death in West Virginia in a 2006 Ford Ranger was caused by a defective Takata inflator after a similar 2015 death in SC.
Due to a higher risk of the Takata airbag inflator rupturing during a crash, Ford issued a separate safety recall for the affected trucks. The faulty inflators have led to the largest automotive recall in history. In total, Takata expects to recall 125 million vehicles by 2019, worldwide.
Ford has created a look-up tool where customers can determine if their vehicle is one of those involved in the recall. Fifteen people in the USA have been killed by defective Takata air bags that exploded, according to NHTSA. "We respond to the data", she said.