Ford Warns Against Driving Certain 2006 Ranger Pickups

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If you own a 2006 Ford Ranger, call the auto company for a free replacement.

Ford is urging owners of 2006 Ranger trucks to stop driving them immediately. Of the 391,000 recalled, the new warning involves 2,900 vehicles, including 2,700 in the USA and almost 200 in Canada.

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The July 2017 fatality in a crash in West Virginia brings the total to at least 21 deaths related to the airbags worldwide, with most taking place in the U.S. Ford previously reported a similar death that happened in December 2015 in SC.

There have been two fatalities in 2006 Ford Rangers caused by driver-side airbag inflator ruptures from Takata inflators built on the same day. This is the second fatality reported to Ford due to a Takata inflator rupture. The first accident happened in January 2016, also killing one person.

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Affected vehicles include certain 2006 Ford Rangers built at Twin Cities Assembly Plant from August 10, 2005 to December 15, 2005.

If your vehicle does have a recall, call your local dealer to schedule the free fix.

A Takata spokesman said the company will make all attempts to ensure it can deliver replacement inflators as soon as possible.

In the United States alone, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said 34 million vehicles with a total of 46 million airbags have been impacted. NHTSA must do more, he said, to make the recall a priority.

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You can find a full list of recalled vehicles on Consumer Reports' website.

If your vehicle does have a recall, call your local dealer to schedule the free fix.

Takata said in June that it has recalled, or expected to recall, about 125 million vehicles worldwide by 2019, including more than 60 million in the United States.

Sign up at NHTSA.gov/Alerts to be notified by e-mail if your vehicle is affected by a future recall.

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