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Ford Issues Recall for 2006 Ranger Trucks Due to Faulty Takata Airbags

Ford has issued a recall for 2006 Ford Rangers due to exploding airbag inflators.

The Takata recall, one of the largest in automotive history, continues to rear its ugly head.

On Jan. 12, the automotive giant announced 2,902 model year 2006 Ford Rangers are affected. These vehicles were built at the Twin Cities Assembly Plant in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

This recall now marks approximately 37 million vehicles and roughly 49.5 million Takata airbag inflators placed under recall.

According to Ford’s release, airbag inflators manufactured by Japanese parts company Takata have been known to explode, with two recent fatalities as a result. The issue is due to a faulty inflator, a metal cartridge with no chemical drying agent, susceptible to improperly inflating when exposed to higher temperatures.

As of this writing, 19 automakers have been affected, in what the NHTSA has described as “the largest and most complex safety recall in U.S. history.” 

Ford has offered to replace the airbags in all 2,900 affected Rangers free of charge, with notices already sent to known owners. If you own a 2006 Ford Ranger, please contact your local Ford dealership or enter your VIN on the NHTSA recall website for more information.

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