Ford Expands Takata Recall To Include Nearly 400,000 2004-'06 Ford Ranger Pickups | Edmunds

Ford Expands Takata Recall To Include Nearly 400,000 2004-'06 Ford Ranger Pickups


DEARBORN, Michigan Ford is expanding a recall of vehicles with defective Takata airbags to include 391,394 2004-'06 Ford Ranger pickup trucks in North America, the automaker announced on Tuesday.

The recall expansion was prompted by the death of an unnamed driver of a 2006 Ford Ranger in South Carolina in December.

It is also the first in a new round of recalls of an estimated 5 million vehicles with defective Takata airbags. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration announced the Takata recall expansion on Friday.

The defective airbags can explode with too much force, shooting metal shrapnel at vehicle occupants.

"Ford is expanding its safety recall on vehicles that have certain airbag inflators after Takata declared that those inflators are defective," Ford said in a statement. "The Ford vehicles affected by this Takata action are all 2004-'06 Ford Rangers built in North America."

Ford dealers will replace the driver-side airbag inflator in the affected Ranger trucks. Ford spokesman John Cangany told Edmunds that official recall notices will be sent to owners the week of February 22.

"We also have the online tool at Ford.com for customers to determine if their Ford vehicle is included in any recall," he said.

The latest recall expansion brings to 28 million the number of defective Takata airbag inflators recalled.

NHTSA spokesman Gordon Trowbridge on Monday told Edmunds that the agency, which oversees vehicle safety in the U.S., is working to get the new Takata recall notices "posted quickly."

The notices, which are called 573 filings, "are likely to take a few days," Trowbridge said.

He added that automakers "will likely take a while as they go through their records to determine affected makes and models."

Edmunds says: Owners of all of these recalled vehicles are urged to keep in close touch with their dealers and to schedule the repair as soon as possible.

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