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Ford Moves Forward with Takata Airbag Recall

Maina Mehrotra9 months ago

In response to airbag inflators that can explode with excess force and cause serious injuries, Ford has recalled 391,000 Ranger pickup trucks. 

Details of the Ford Ranger Airbag Explosion

In December, a South Carolina man, Joel Knight, 52, was killed when his car hit a cow on the road and metal shrapnel from his 2006 Ranger struck him in a neck.

According to police reports, at about 6:20 p.m., on South Carolina Route 522, Knight hit the cow. A spokesperson for the firm which is representing his family said the crash would have been moderate and Knight would have survived if it was not for the inflator shrapnel striking him.

About the Takata Airbag Recall 

After the 10th death, and about a 100 injuries, Takata is expanding its airbag recall to include all the 2004-2006 model-year Ford Ranger trucks in U.S. and Canada, reports CBS News. However, reports indicate here are still about another 5 million vehicles with the faulty inflators needing to be recalled by Takata Corp. of Japan.

The issue with the Takata airbags is suspected to be caused by a chemical called ammonium nitrate. This chemical causes a small explosion that creates gas that inflates the airbag during a crash.

The issue is that over time, if exposed to heat and humidity, the chemical can burn too fast and blow apart the metal canister meant to encompass the explosion. 

Ford Address Consumers Affected by Recall

Starting the week of Feb 22nd, Ford will send letters addressing the recall to affected owners. Spokesman John Canny said that there are some replacement parts available, but the company alongside the airbag creators will make additional inflators as soon as possible.

By going to, clicking on “safety recalls” and entering their vehicle identification number, customers can see if their truck is part of the recall.


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