Ford is warning some owners to stop driving their vehicles immediately after they found an elevated risk of danger involving airbags.
The vehicles used the Tanaka airbag inflators, which are already part of a nationwide recall. However, Ford is saying now that more than 30,000 Ranger pickup trucks in the United States pose an even greater danger to drivers because of the Tanaka airbag inflators.
Ford had previously issued a recall for nearly 3,000 Ranger pickup trucks from 2006, but this is a wider recall announcement with an elevated risk. Drivers can contact a Ford dealer, and the repairs will be made for free. The repairs do not take long, but drivers are warned not to drive the truck to the dealership to have repairs made.
Ford expands its stop driving warning for more than 30,000 Ranger trucks in the U.S. due to an elevated risk associated with faulty Takata airbag inflators.
Due to a higher risk of the Takata airbag inflator rupturing during a crash, Ford issued a separate safety recall for the affected trucks. Already part of the massive Takata recall, customers of certain Ford Ranger vehicles are urged to stop driving immediately and contact the dealership.
Approximately 33,428 model year 2006 Ford Ranger vehicles built at the Twin Cities Assembly Plant between August and December of 2005 are involved in Ford’s latest safety recall.
Parts are already available for the recall and dealers will pick up the affected vehicles directly, leaving a free loaner car in necessary. The fix will provide a permanent repair to the faulty Takata airbag inflators, at no cost to the customer.
To find out if your vehicle is affected, or to search through any open recalls, enter your car’s VIN on the NHTSA recall website (click here).