Airbag defect in Ford Rangers blamed for 21 deaths

Ford Motor Company

An urgent warning today from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and Ford Motor Company.

Posted: Jan. 12, 2018 2:50 PM
Updated: Jan. 12, 2018 2:53 PM

DEARBORN, Mich. (WLFI) — An urgent warning today from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and Ford Motor Company.

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Ford is telling owners of 2006 Rangers built at the now-closed Twin Cities Assembly Plant to stop driving the trucks immediately.


An exploding airbag inflator killed a driver in July when his airbag deployed and a piece of metal flew out of the bag and into his neck. The inflators are now linked to 21 deaths worldwide.

Ford wants all Rangers built between Aug. 10 and Dec. 15, 2005 not to be driven until repairs are made.

Ford says it will send repair teams to homes, tow vehicles to a local dealership for repair, and provide loaner vehicles – all free of charge.

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