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Ford Recalls 391,000 Rangers Due to Takata Inflators

Feds expect recall numbers to continue growing.

by on Jan.26, 2016

Ford is recalling 391,000 Ranger pickups due that use faulty Takata airbag inflators.

The specter of Takata continues to grow as Ford is recalling nearly 391,000 Ranger pickups because the driver-side airbag inflators from the supplier can explode with too much force causing injuries and deaths.

The recall, which is for 2004 through 2006 model year trucks in the U.S. and Canada, comes a month after the death of a South Carolina man who died when the Takata-produced airbag exploded and he was struck in the neck by a piece of metal shrapnel after hitting a cow and then a fence in his 2006 Ford Ranger. Joel Knight was 52 years old.

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The crash alone would not have been sufficient to kill Knight, according to Amanda Dotter, spokeswoman for the Elrod Pope Law Firm, the attorneys representing the family. The event and subsequent findings pushed the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to expand its recall of Takata-produced inflators by another 5 million units. (more…)

Ford Recalls Ranger Pickups for Bad Brakes

Hydraulic actuator disconnects from parking brake cable.

by on May.24, 2010

This cold weather flaw sees the emergency brake lining freezing to the drum.

Ford is recalling model year 2010 Ranger vehicles for defective parking brakes. On Rangers made from June 8, 2009 through February 2, 2010 equipped with manual transmissions, it is possible for the parking brake cable to become disconnected from the right rear actuator during cold weather.

This can happen when the parking brake is released if wet parking brake shoes have frozen in the applied position. If the right rear parking brake cable becomes disconnected, the pedal will have extended travel and may not fully apply the parking brake.

Ford told the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration that a manual transmission vehicle parked in neutral without a fully applied parking brake may have unintended movement, which may cause a crash.

Dealers will install a revised right rear parking brake actuator to prevent cable disconnection free of charge as required by law. Owners may contact Ford at 1-866-436-7332. Ford Recall Number 10S12.

Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s Vehicle Safety Hotline At 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), Or go to http://www.safercar.gov. NHTSA Campaign ID Number: 10V202000.