The Takata airbag scandal has already claimed 22 lives globally with the majority of those deaths concentrated in the United States. The most recent death came after both Honda and Ford decided to expand their recalls to additional vehicles. The faulty airbags include multiple manufacturers, including Toyota, Honda, Ford, BMW, General Motors, Jaguar, Subaru, Mercedes-Benz, and Mazda, among others. Now Ford is urging the owners of their Ranger brand of trucks that have been affected to stop driving as the New York Daily News reports.
Ford is urging the owners of some 30,000 affected Ranger trucks to stop driving the vehicles immediately and contact their dealership. The recommendation comes due to an increased risk that a Takata airbag may rupture in an accident, seriously injuring the occupants of the vehicle.
The recall more specifically encompasses 33,428 2006 model year Ranger pick up trucks that were manufactured at the Twin Cities Assembly Plant. The trucks were manufactured between August and December of 2005.
Some 40 million vehicles in the United States alone are affected by the recall to replace the Takata airbags.
Ford will come and pick up the affected vehicles and leave a loaner car if need be. Dealers already have the replacement parts needed to fix the affected vehicles.
The fix will provide a permanent repair to the vehicles. There will be no cost to the customer.
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