2006 Ford Ranger Recalled to Address Faulty Takata Airbag
Parts Available Immediately to Make Repair
Ford announced plans to recall about 2,900 Ranger pickups from the 2006 model year due to faulty airbag inflators supplied by Takata. The recall adds urgency to an earlier announcement the company would repair the pickup for similar issues. [Editor's note: the trucks pictured in this article are 2010 Rangers, which are similar to the recalled models.]
Unfortunately, the recall comes following two fatalities caused by rupturing airbag inflators. Ford was notified on December 22 of a crash in West Virginia that resulted in a fatality, and investigations revealed a ruptured Takata inflator that resulted in the driver’s death. The other fatality was reported in January 2016, involving a truck with a ruptured inflator that was built by Takata on the same day as the one in the West Virginia crash.
“Ford is saddened by these tragic losses and offers its sincere condolences to the drivers’ families,” read a statement released by the company.
Ford says the recall affects 2,902 Ranger pickups built between August 10 and December 15, 2005. Parts for the recall are available now, and Ford urges owners of those specific 2006 Rangers to stop driving their vehicles and schedule repairs immediately. The company says dealers are prepared to get vehicles directly from customers and provide a free interim service loaner, if necessary.
Customers who aren’t sure if their 2006 Ranger is one of the 2,902 affected units can use a VIN lookup tool to verify. The tool can be found here, on Ford’s website.
Industry estimates suggest there have been 21 deaths linked to faulty Takata inflators worldwide in several different makes and models of vehicle.