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Ford recalling 153,000 vehicles in U.S. and Canada over faulty inflators

Ford Motor is recalling 153,000 older trucks that may have had outdated Takata airbag modules installed in the crash and theft repairs after the Takata recall was finished, the automaker said on Thursday.

The automaker identified 144,340 U.S. 2004-06 Ford Ranger trucks and about 8,800 in Canada that could have outdated Takata parts. Ford said it could not locate 45 inflators that could have been installed and was recalling all of the automobiles at the request of the U.S. agency National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

Ford also said on Thursday it was separately recalling a group of 1,100 automobiles from the 2004-2011 model years that may also have had outdated Takata service parts.

Last month, Ford said it would adhere to an earlier NHTSA request to recall 3 million vehicles with potentially faulty driver-side Takata airbags and would take a $610 million charge.

NHTSA declined a formal petition from Ford to avoid a recall.

The defect, which results in rare instances of airbag inflators rupturing and sending potentially deadly metal fragments flying, has led to the largest automotive recall in U.S. history of over 67 million inflators. Worldwide, about 100 million inflators installed by 19 major automakers have been recalled.

Last month, NHTSA said at least 17 million U.S. vehicles with Takata air bags remain unrepaired.

Takata inflators have resulted in the deaths of at least 27 people globally and 18 in the United States, and over 400 reported injuries.

Two people died in Takata airbag ruptures in the earlier recalled 2006 Ford Ranger vehicles, with the most recent death in 2017.

In November, NHTSA said it was declining a petition filed by General Motors to avoid recalling 5.9 million U.S. vehicles with Takata inflators. GM said later it was taking a $1.1 billion charge due to the recall.

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