Ford, Mazda Expand 'Do Not Drive' Takata Recall

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Ford expands"do not drive list to include over 30,000 Ranger trucks in the U.S. with high-risk Takata airbag inflators

Ford in January had urged 2,900 owners of 2006 Ford Ranger pickups to stop driving immediately until they can get replacement parts after a second death was linked to inflators built on the same day. Including the previous 3000-odd, there are now 36,330 Rangers in North America included in the recall.

Weigandt said that Ford did not find a higher risk of inflator rupture in the rest of the recalled Rangers. As part of the "Do Not Drive" edict, Ford and Mazda will have customer vehicles towed to dealerships and offer loaner cars while repairs are performed. More than 200 people have been injured. But Ford Performance Chief Engineer Jamal Hameedi, who was instrumental in bringing the original SVT Raptor to market, says he suspects the high-performance mid-size pickup might do well in the market - provided that it has the right powertrain. Ford owners can check their vehicle's vehicle identification number here to see if it's affected.

A company investigation into Ranger inflators from the 2006 model year found test results showing that more inflators had ruptured or recorded high internal pressure readings, spokeswoman Elizabeth Weigandt said Monday.

"It's important to note the driver and passenger airbag inflators in all 2004-06 Ford Rangers built in North America are already under a Takata air bag inflator recall".

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The automaker reports that this do not drive warning covers 30,603 in the US and 2,825 in Canada.

Of the 33,428 vehicles involved in this recall, 30,603 are located in the United States while 2825 reside in Canada. The recall came after the government announced the December 2015 death of Joel Knight, 52, of Kershaw, South Carolina, that was caused by a Takata air bag inflating in his 2006 Ranger.

The Associated Press compiled a list that shows the fatal crashes have occurred inside the Honda Civic, Accord, City, Civic, CR-V, and Acura TL and 2006 Ford Ranger models. About 19 automakers worldwide are affected.

Ford expands its stop driving warning for more than 30,000 Ranger trucks in the USA due to an elevated risk associated with faulty Takata airbag inflators.

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