Ford is advising owners of certain 2006 Ford Ranger vehicles in North America to stop driving their vehicles and contact their dealers immediately for repairs.
The recall is related to the already massive Takata airbag recall, and according to Ford, the affected Ranger vehicles have been transferred due to an elevated risk to safety posed by airbag inflators that may have a higher risk of rupturing in the event of a crash than other recalled Takata inflators. A total of 33,428 units are affected by the new recall, and they were previously under a separate Takata airbag inflator recall.
Parts to resolve the issue are available now, and dealers are prepared to get vehicles directly from customers. Permanent repairs are being done that will resolve the safety risk, and a free interim loaner vehicle will be provided if necessary.
The American automaker is not aware of any injuries or fatalities involved in the additional vehicles. Of those units recalled 30,603 are located in the U.S. and federalized territories, while 2,825 are in Canada. The affected vehicles were built at Twin Cities Assembly Plant from August 10, 2005 to December 15, 2005 and from August 5, 2005 to November 4, 2005.
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