Ford recalls trucks over airbags, tells owners to 'stop driving'

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"We take this matter very seriously and are advising owners of these specific 2006 Ford Rangers to stop driving their vehicles so dealers can make repairs immediately", Ford said in a statement.

Ford said the death happened on July 1 in West Virginia and was reported to the auto maker on December 22. After inspecting the vehicle five days later, Ford confirmed that the airbag inflator ruptured, killing the driver. It previously reported a similar death in SC that occurred in December 2015.

Each of the deaths came as the result of inflators manufactured on the same day and installed in 2006 Ranger pickups, Ford said.

Affected owners are urged not to drive these vehicles and to contact Ford immediately to schedule a free fix.

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At least 21 deaths worldwide are believed linked to the Takata inflators that are the cause of the largest recall in automotive history.

Most of the vehicles were sold in the United States, with 190 others sold in Canada.

Takata, a Japanese group, has since gone bankrupt. "NHTSA's top priority is safety; it is extremely important that all high-risk air bags are tracked down and replaced immediately".

The recalls, which are being managed by NHTSA, are being phased in over the next three years.

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Takata inflators can explode with excessive force, unleashing metal shrapnel inside cars and trucks and have injured more than 200.

You can find a full list of recalled vehicles on Consumer Reports' website.

Sign up at NHTSA.gov/Alerts to be notified by e-mail if your vehicle is affected by a future recall.

The US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration on Saturday posted a notice from Takata which stated that it would be recalling another 3.3 million inflators for vehicles from various automakers ranging from Toyota, Honda Motor Co, BMW AG, Daimler AG, General Motors Co, Tata Motors Jaguar Land Rover unit and Subaru Corp. A subsequent inspection indicated that the airbag's inflator ruptured, killing the driver.

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