Ford and federal regulators are telling 2,900 owners of certain 2006 Ford Rangers to stop driving them and dispatching dealers to replace the trucks' Takata air bag inflators after the company confirmed that a defective inflator ruptured and killed a customer last July in West Virginia.
The manufacturer said it made the decision to recall the vehicles following two incidents involving cars built on the same day. Of the 391,000 recalled, the new warning involves 2,900 vehicles, including 2,700 in the USA and almost 200 in Canada.
"Affected owners are urged not to drive these vehicles and to contact Ford immediately to schedule a free fix", a statement from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said.
The Japanese supplier's USA subsidiary filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy last June as part of a court-approved agreement to sell its remaining assets to Key Safety Systems. Affected owners are urged not to drive these vehicles and to contact Ford immediately to schedule a free fix.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration called on consumers to pay attention to Ford's recall, saying the airbags pose "an immediate risk to safety". Just remember that in the Takata air bag recalls, there are priority groups; parts are only available for certain vehicles starting at certain dates. Some 19 automakers worldwide are impacted. The defect led Takata to file for bankruptcy protection in June.
Last year, Takata pleaded guilty to wire fraud and was subject to pay a total of $1 billion in criminal penalties in a US court in connection with the recalls.
The recalls come after Takata revealed that another 3.3 million inflators are defective.
In June 2016, NHTSA warned airbag inflators on more than 300,000 unrepaired recalled 2001-2003 model year Honda vehicles showed a substantial risk of rupturing, and urged owners to stop driving them until getting them fixed.