Takata airbag issue sees recall of over 6,00000 Toyota vehicles

JUST IN: Stop driving 2006 Ford Rangers now for airbag risk, Ford says

Owners of 2006 Ford Rangers be warned: Your airbags are a safety issue, car company says

Ford had previously recalled some 391,000 Rangers from various model-years, but the vehicles in the new recall are all 2006 models built at the Twin Cities Assembly Plant in Minnesota from August 10, 2005 to December 15, 2005.

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

Ford issued a new recall for automobiles that had been previously recalled in 2016. The problem brought a criminal conviction and fine against Takata and forced the Japanese company into bankruptcy protection. Takata did not immediately comment Thursday on the Ford action.

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.

"Ford is saddened by these tragic losses and offers its honest condolences to the drivers' families", the company said. "It is extremely important that all high-risk air bags are tracked down and replaced immediately". "Dealers are prepared to get vehicles directly from customers, make permanent repairs that will resolve the safety risk and provide a free interim loaner vehicle, if necessary". More than 180 people have been injured.

In 2017, prosecutors in Detroit charged three former senior Takata executives with falsifying test results to hide the inflator defect.

Last year, Takata pleaded guilty to wire fraud and were subject to pay a total of $1 billion in criminal penalties in a USA court in connection with the recalls.

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

The Ford badge in the grill of a pickup truck in 2015. NHTSA must do more, he said, to make the recall a priority. The inflators can rupture and send deadly metal fragments into the vehicle.

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