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'Stop driving… immediately,' Ford tells owners of recalled 2006 Ranger pickups

'Stop driving… immediately,' Ford tells owners of recalled 2006 Ranger pickups

The latest recall by Ford involves vehicles already recalled in 2016.

"We take this matter very seriously and are advising owners of these specific 2006 Ford Rangers to stop driving their vehicles so dealers can make repairs immediately", Ford said in a statement today. Ford said it learned on December 22 about a second fatal crash in West Virginia that happened on July 1, 2017.

Ford and federal regulators are telling 2,900 owners of certain 2006 Ford Rangers to stop driving them and dispatching dealers to replace the trucks' Takata air bag inflators after the company confirmed that a defective inflator ruptured and killed a customer last July in West Virginia.

Each of the deaths came as the result of inflators manufactured on the same day and installed in 2006 Ranger pickups, Ford said.

NHTSA has said the Takata recalls are unprecedented in size and complexity and have resulted in groundbreaking lessons that will help automakers reach their fix goals. The company also will offer loaner vehicles if needed.




Takata air bags have now been linked to 21 deaths around the world. Ford announced that it will send mobile fix teams to owners' homes, tow vehicles to a local dealership for fix, and provide loaner vehicles - all free of charge. "It is extremely important that all high-risk air bags are tracked down and replaced immediately".

U.S. authorities brought the issue of defective Takata airbags to light in 2014, sparking the biggest-ever auto safety recall.

The recall involves approximately 2,902 vehicles located in North America, with 2,712 located in the United States and 190 in Canada. There has been a linkage of faulty airbag inflators to over 180 cases of injuries and 20 deaths, mostly in the United States.

The auto company issued recalls for the 2004 to 2006 models of the vehicle in 2016 after a SC driver was killed when a Takata airbag exploded in an accident. Knight was hit in the neck by metal shrapnel after his 2006 Ranger hit a cow in the road and struck a fence.


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