On Tuesday, Ford Motor Co. announced that it would recall nearly 400,000 mid-sized pickup trucks so that potentially defective airbags manufactured by Japanese automotive supplier Takata can be replaced. Ford said that it will replace the air bags in 391,394 units of the 2004 through 2006 model-year Ford Ranger.
Recently the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) determined that a driver in South Carolina was killed in 2004 when the Takata airbag in his Ford Ranger exploded when it deployed in an accident.
The expansion of the recall of 19 million vehicles affected has now expanded to approximately 24 million vehicles according to the NHTSA.
Ford said in a statement that owners of Ford Ranger vehicles can check to see if their vehicle is affected by the recall by entering their vehicle identification number (VIN) at Ford.com.
Takata has agreed to accept penalties of at least $70 million and up to $200 million for its failure in promptly disclosing and repairing defective airbag inflation units that have now been linked to 11 deaths and nearly 100 injuries.
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