WASHINGTON — U.S. auto safety regulators on Thursday issued an urgent warning to the public to check open recalls after confirming a death linked to a Takata airbag inflator in a 2006 Ford Ranger pickup truck.
NHTSA said the driver’s airbag exploded in the vehicle, which was already under a “do not drive” warning issued in 2018.
Ford says it sent more than 100 messages, including numerous text messages, to the tragic crash that killed the 23-year-old driver of a Ford Ranger near Pensacola, Florida. The carmaker also visited the agitator. home to schedule a vehicle repair recall.
“The person at home informed the campaigner that they would make an appointment for the repairs themselves,” said Ford spokesman Saeed Deep. Automotive news.
“As part of this recall, Ford has been extremely attentive to these 2006 Ranger customers by mailing, calling, repairing cell phones and visiting customers’ homes across the country to replace the airbags,” he explained. “We are 97 percent complete with this recall. We urge all affected owners not to drive these vehicles and to contact Ford to schedule a free repair.”
NHTSA has confirmed that 22 people in the US have died as a result of faulty Takata airbags, and 400 people have been injured.
NHTSA said it is aware of alleged supercharger ruptures in vehicles from other automakers that are potentially linked to defective Takata airbags. The agency currently has no further comments.
This month, the U.S. arm of Stellantis issued a road ban warning for approximately 276,000 older cars subject to the Takata air bag recall. These are 2005-10 Dodge Magnums, Chargers and Challengers and Chrysler 300s.
Air bags exploded in two 2010 charger incidents, killing two people. A third death is suspected, Stellantis said.