Ford has advised the owners of 33,428 2006 Ranger vehicles in North America to stop driving their vehicles and have dealerships carry out repairs immediately.
The Rangers in question have Takata non-desiccated airbag inflators and were previously under a separate Takata airbag inflator recall. They have now been transferred to an even more urgent list of vehicles with faulty Takata inflators as there’s a higher risk of them rupturing than other recalled inflators.
The affected vehicles were built at the Twin Cities Assembly Plant from August 10, 2005 to December 15, 2005. Initially, just 3000 2006 Ford Ranger vehicles were elevated to this increased risk level.
Of the 33,428 vehicles involved in this recall, 30,603 are located in the United States while 2825 reside in Canada. Including the previous 3000-odd, there are now 36,330 Rangers in North America included in the recall.
Ford says that its dealerships will make permanent repairs to resolve all safety risks and provide a free interim loaner vehicle if necessary.
2004-2006 Ford Rangers built in North America are already under a Takata airbag inflator recall due to potentially faulty driver and passenger airbag inflators.
If you’re concerned that your vehicle may be involved in the recall, check out Ford’s VIN look-up tool here.