Published: Fri, January 12, 2018
Markets | By Noel Gibbs

Ford recalls trucks over Takata airbags after fatal accident in US

Ford recalls trucks over Takata airbags after fatal accident in US

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.

The recall involves approximately 2,902 vehicles located in North America, with 2,712 located in the United States and federalized territories and 190 in Canada.

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.

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Japanese auto supplier Takata plans to sell its viable operations to Key Safety Systems, an affiliate of China'sNingo Joyson Electric Corp, for $1.6 billion. Affected owners are urged not to drive these vehicles and to contact Ford immediately to schedule a free fix.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration urged owners to heed Ford's warning.

The Takata air bag crisis has forced the recall of millions of cars from at least 19 brands since 2013 due to faulty inflators that can cause injury during deployment of the safety device.

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Ford inspected the vehicle on December 27, confirmed that the inflator ruptured resulting in a driver fatality and notified the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Its inflators can explode with too much force and hurl shrapnel. The defect led Takata to file for bankruptcy protection in June. None have come to the United States to face charges. Tesla will be getting in touch to schedule your replacement service, so there's no need to call them.

NHTSA will continue to ensure all consumers are kept informed of current and future recalls.

In November, NHTSA rejected a petition from Ford to delay recalling 3 million vehicles with potentially defective airbag inflators to conduct additional testing. A subsequent inspection indicated that the airbag's inflator ruptured, killing the driver.

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