DEARBORN, Michigan — Ford is recalling approximately 38,500 vehicles in the U.S., including certain 2004-'05 Ford Ranger pickup trucks and 2005-'06 Ford GT coupes, to replace front passenger-side airbag inflators, the automaker said late Wednesday.
"This brings the total number of Ford vehicles being recalled for issues related to Takata airbag inflators to 98,000," the automaker said in a statement.
The expanded regional recall includes vehicles originally sold or ever registered in Florida, Hawaii, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. It adds certain zip codes with high absolute humidity within Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, Texas, Guam, Saipan and American Samoa, as requested by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
Affected vehicles include certain 2004-'05 Ford Rangers built at Edison Assembly Plant August 12, 2003 to March 1, 2004; 2004-'05 Ford Rangers built at Twin Cities Assembly Plant May 21, 2003 to May 4, 2005 and 2005-'06 Ford GTs built at Wixom Assembly Plant February 11, 2005 to January 2006.
A date has not been set for the recall.
Ford spokeswoman Kelli Felker offered the following advice to consumers: "When they receive a letter in the mail about the recall, we recommend they contact their dealership to have the recall service performed."
Edmunds says: Customers with questions also can contact Ford customer service at 1-800-392-3673.