Ford Motor stated on Thursday it had verified a second death in an older pickup triggered by a malfunctioning air bag inflator of Takata and advised 2,900 owners in North America to stop driving right away till they can get replacement parts.
The second largest U.S. automaker stated it confirmed in late December that a July 2017 crash death in West Virginia in a 2006 Ford Ranger was triggered by a faulty Takata inflator. It formerly reported a comparable death in South Carolina that took place in December 2015.
Ford stated both Takata deaths accompanied inflators built on the same day set up in 2006 Ranger pickups. No less than 21 deaths worldwide are connected to the Takata inflators that can rupture and send out fatal metal fragments into the driver’s body. The faulty inflators have resulted in the biggest automotive recall in history. The other 19 deaths have occurred in Honda Motor vehicles, majority of which were in the United States.
Ford issued a new recall for vehicles that had been formerly recalled in 2016. Of those 391,000 2004-2006 Ranger vehicles, the new recall revealed on Thursday impacts 2,900 vehicles. These include 2,700 in the United States and almost 200 in Canada. The new recall will allow recognition of the 2,900 owners in the highest risk pool.