Ford recalls trucks over airbags, tells owners to 'stop driving'

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Takata said last summer that it has recalled, or expected to recall, airbags in about 125 million vehicles worldwide by 2019, and 19 different automakers worldwide are impacted.

The Ford badge in the grill of a pickup truck in 2015.

Ford is urging owners of about 2,900 Ranger small pickups to stop driving the vehicles until getting a defective Takata airbag replaced.

Ford had previously recalled some 391,000 Rangers from various model-years, but the vehicles in the new recall are all 2006 models built at the Twin Cities Assembly Plant in Minnesota from August 10, 2005 to December 15, 2005.

In a written statement, Ford said it decided the risk to drivers was severe enough to order immediate repairs after it confirmed a second death linked to Takata airbags. Takata alongside its U.S. entity TK Holdings Inc had filed for bankruptcy in June past year after it stated that it was recalling over 100 million of its airbag inflators worldwide towards the end of 2019 because they could inflate with too much pressure, spraying metal fragments and cause heavy injuries to its occupants, and sometimes even death. "NHTSA's top priority is safety; it is extremely important that all high-risk air bags are tracked down and replaced immediately".

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Most of the vehicles were sold in the United States, with 190 others sold in Canada.

Owners of the vehicles can contact Ford to schedule a free repair, with the automaker saying it will send mobile repair teams to owners' homes, tow vehicles to local dealerships for repair, and provide loaner vehicles, free of charge.

United States authorities brought the issue of defective Takata airbags to light in 2014, sparking the biggest-ever auto safety recall.

In January of 2016, Ford recalled about 391,000 Rangers in the USA and Canada from the 2004 to 2006 model years to replace the driver's air bag inflators. Knight was hit in the neck by metal shrapnel after his 2006 Ranger hit a cow in the road and struck a fence.

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