Stop Driving Notice : 2006 Ford Ranger Vehicles

JUST IN: Stop driving 2006 Ford Rangers now for airbag risk, Ford says

Owners of 2006 Ford Rangers be warned: Your airbags are a safety issue, car company says

The automaker urged in a release on Thursday for owners to stop driving the trucks immediately after becoming aware last month of a crash in West Virginia, that happened in July, involving a 2006 Ford Ranger. After inspecting the vehicle five days later, Ford confirmed that the airbag inflator ruptured, killing the driver.

In the United States alone, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said 34 million vehicles with a total of 46 million airbags have been impacted. It previously reported a similar death in SC that occurred in December 2015.

The second largest US automaker said it confirmed in late December that a July 2017 crash death in West Virginia in a 2006 Ford Ranger was caused by a defective Takata inflator.

Dealers will fix the trucks at owners' homes or tow them to dealerships for the work, spokeswoman Elizabeth Weigandt said.

The recall involves approximately 2,902 vehicles located in North America, with 2,712 located in the United States and 190 in Canada. The problem brought a criminal conviction and fine against Takata and forced the Japanese company into bankruptcy protection.

"It is extremely important that all high-risk airbags are tracked down and replaced immediately", the federal safety agency said in a statement.

Takata inflators can explode with excessive force, unleashing metal shrapnel inside cars and trucks and have injured more than 200.

Auto manufacturer Ford on Thursday recalled 2,900 vehicles following a second fatal accident involving the explosion of a faulty Takata airbag.

The recalls, which are being managed by NHTSA, are being phased in over the next three years.

You can find a full list of recalled vehicles on Consumer Reports' website.

The NHTSA in November had stated that 19 automakers had recalled over 46 million inflators in 34 million USA vehicles - and by 2019 as many as 70 million U.S. inflators will have been recalled.

In June 2016, NHTSA warned airbag inflators on more than 300,000 unrepaired recalled 2001-2003 model year Honda vehicles showed a substantial risk of rupturing, and urged owners to stop driving them until getting them fixed.

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