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The Takata airbag recall expanded again this week (after a previous expansion in January), with Ford issuing a warning to 33,000 more owners of 2006 Ford Ranger pickups in North America to stop driving immediately. Mazda added about 1,800 owners of 2006 B-Series pickups, the Ranger’s platform mate.
Affected trucks were built at the Twin Cities Assembly Plant in Minnesota from Aug. 5, 2005, to Dec. 15, 2005.
The expansion, according to Ford, was prompted by additional testing and covers a broader timeframe of production. If you have one of these trucks, you should schedule an immediate no-cost repair, and the company will even come pick it up. Replacement airbag inflators are available now.
Some Takata airbag inflators, if you haven’t been paying attention, are faulty and can send shards of metal shrapnel into the driver’s body if the airbag goes off. So far it has been linked to 22 deaths worldwide, 20 of which have occurred in Honda vehicles.
By 2019, a total of 125 million vehicles worldwide will have been recalled, including 60 million in the United States. We’ve been covering this one from the beginning, so check out our dedicated page to see if your car has been recalled and to catch up on all the Takata news. Not surprisingly, the company filed for bankruptcy last June.
If you own a 2006 Ford Ranger, you can check your VIN here to see if it’s affected by the latest airbag recall.
– Jake Lingeman is Road Test Editor at Autoweek, reviewing cars, reporting on car news, car tech and the world at large.
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