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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 More Than 200,000 Trucks, Cars

Maker’s actions involve F-150s, Flexes and other vehicles.

by on Nov.05, 2014

Ford is recalling several thousand F-150s due to problems with airbag sensors. The company recalled 200,000 vehicles yesterday.

Ford is recalling more than 200,000 mostly late-model vehicles in five separate actions ranging from airbag issues to steering shaft problems. Some of the vehicles are being recalled for a second time.

The current crop of recalls means the U.S. total for recalls is over the 52 million mark, easily surpassing the previous record of 30.1 million in 2004.

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The biggest recall involves 135,000 2014 F-150 full-size pickups and Ford Flex crossovers due to a faulty passenger seat weight sensor. The defective sensor can, in some cases, prevent the airbag from inflating during crashes. (more…)

Ford Adds Another 1.2 mil Trucks to F-Series Recall

Feds also expanding probe into possible “rollaway” Fords.

by on Apr.14, 2011

Ford now has expanded the F-Series recall to include more than 1.3 million trucks.

Under pressure from federal regulators who had expanded an investigation into a reported airbag problem, Ford Motor Co. now says it will recall another 1.2 million F-Series pickups, increasing more than tenfold a recall first announced in February.

The maker initially planned to recall just 144,000 F-Series trucks produced at its plant in Norfolk.  An apparent assembly line problem was blamed for occasional wiring damage that could cause the vehicle’s airbags to fire inadvertently.  But government regulators argued that the recall should cover a far broader range of the full-size trucks.

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The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, meanwhile, has expanded a probe of 1.5 million Ford sport-utility vehicles linked to a defect that could cause them to roll away even though the driver believed the vehicle had been shifted into Park.

“We’re recalling the complete population of (F-Series) trucks built between 2003 – which marked the start of production of the all-new 2004 truck – and 2006, 1.2 million vehicles in the U.S.” explained Ford spokesman Wes Sherwood, following the makers decision to expand the original safety action.


Ford Recalling 150,000 F-150 Pickups

Airbags could deploy without warnings.

by on Feb.23, 2011

A potential airbag problem leads Ford to recall 2005-2006 F-150s.

Responding to concerns that their airbags could deploy without warnings, Ford has announced it will recall 150,000 F-150 full-size pickups.

The announcement comes as government investigators raised concerns about the potential problem – but the recall is significantly smaller than the 1.3 million vehicles that the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration had previously suggested.

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The airbag recall follows three weeks after Ford recalled 365,000 F-150 pickups due to a problem with potentially defective interior door handles that could result in a door opening during a crash.

The door handle problem involved trucks from the 2009 and 2010 model-years, while the latest recall impacts F-150 pickups built during the 2005 and 2006 model-years.  (The NHTSA had also wanted Ford to include trucks built during 2004.)