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.
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…)