Published: Fri, January 12, 2018
Money | By Armando Alvarado

Ford Tells About 3000 Ranger Drivers to Keep Them Parked

Ford Tells About 3000 Ranger Drivers to Keep Them Parked

"Dealers are prepared to get vehicles directly from customers, make permanent repairs that will resolve the safety risk and provide a free interim loaner vehicle, if necessary".

A Mazda Motor Corp spokeswoman said on Thursday the company would conduct a similar recall and stop-drive warning for some 2006 Mazda B-Series trucks, which were built by Ford and are similar to the Ranger. His collision with a cow did not kill him, but metal fragments spewed by the airbag inflator did, lawyers for the family said.

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. The problem touched off the largest string of auto recalls in US history and forced Takata into bankruptcy.

"Ford is saddened by these tragic losses and offers its honest condolences to the drivers' families", the company said.

In total, at least 100 million units across all vehicle manufacturers have been affected worldwide - while 20 people have died in related accidents, and scores more have been injured. "My suspicion is they found something very specific to that day that exacerbated an already bad situation", he said.

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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. 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 in his 2006 Ranger.

You can find a full list of recalled vehicles on Consumer Reports' website. Of those, only 18.5 million, or 43 percent, have been replaced even though Takata recalls began in 2001. That's an extremely low completion rate. Dealers will fix the trucks at owners' homes or tow them to dealerships for the work, spokeswoman Elizabeth Weigandt said. "We've tried to reach them through multiple channels", she said.

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 agency also has the authority to fine automakers that don't make recall repairs in a timely manner.

When asked about the low Ford completion rate, a NHTSA spokeswoman pointed to a November statement that said it's working with the monitor "to develop and expand the use of the best practices to help the manufacturers achieve their individual fix goals". "Plain and simple this is akin to malpractice".

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