The Problem: The pickups contain driver side Takata airbag inflators that could rupture in a crash.
Injuries/Deaths: The faulty parts killed a Ranger driver in an accident in South Carolina on December 22, 2015. Investigators have linked the rupturing inflators to a total of ten deaths worldwide, including nine in the US, but they happened predominantly in Honda vehicles.
The Fix: Ford dealers will replace the driver side airbag inflator.
If You Own One: Company spokesperson John Cangany tells Autoblog owners should receive notification by mail during the week of February 22.
More Information: Ford previously recalled the 2004-2006 Ranger to replace the passenger side airbag inflators. The company also announced plans in November to drop Takata as an airbag supplier in future vehicles.
DEARBORN, Mich., Jan. 26, 2016 --Ford is expanding its safety recall on vehicles that have certain airbag inflators after Takata declared that those inflators are defective. The Ford vehicles affected by this Takata action are all 2004-2006 Ford Rangers built in North America.
Ford is aware of one report of a death related to a Takata airbag deployment.
A total of 391,394 vehicles are now affected by the expanded recall, including 361,692 in the United States and federalized territories and 29,334 in Canada. Dealers will replace the driver side airbag inflator at no cost to the customer.
Customers who want to know if their vehicle is included in this recall can visit www.ford.com and click on safety recalls at the bottom of the page and enter their Vehicle Identification Number (VIN).