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Ford, Mazda Issue Second Recalls for 380,000 Pickups Equipped with Takata Airbags

Ford and Mazda are recalling 380,000 small pickups for a second time in order to replace Takata airbags that can explode upon deployment.

Details of the Ford and Mazda Recalls

According to the report, the recalls include driver and passenger airbag inflators in certain 2004 to 2006 Ford Ranger and Mazda B-Series trucks.

The trucks were initially recalled in 2015 and 2016 to replace old inflators with new ones; however, this was only a temporary fix. With the new recalls, the inflators will be swapped for ones that do not use ammonium nitrate as a propellant.

Studies have found that the ammonium nitrate propellant used by Takata can deteriorate over time and burn too fast when ignited. As a result, the inflators can explode, sending metal shrapnel through vehicle cabins.

Takata Recalls Linked to 20 Deaths

So far, defective Takata airbags have been linked to 20 deaths with the most recent occurring in Baton Rouge, Louisiana this past July.

So far, 42 million vehicles across several brands have been recalled in the United States. To date, only about half of the recalls have been repaired with some automakers reporting a repair rate as low as two percent.

The Center for Auto Safety previously accused Honda of downplaying the seriousness of the recalls and underreporting the number of injuries and deaths linked to the defect. The National Highway and Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has launched a nationwide investigation into the matter.

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