Ford is retracting about 391,000 Ranger pickups, including 29,334 in Canada, because the driver’s airbag inflators can give the lie to with too much force and cause injuries.
The recall covers merchandises from the 2004 through 2006 model years in the U.S. and Canada.
It be in print just days after the U.S. government announced that a South Carolina man was killed when an inflator shoot full of holed in December. Joel Knight, 52, of Kershaw died when he was aimed in the neck by metal shrapnel after his 2006 Ranger hit a cow in the road and affected a fence.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says automakers inclination recall another five million vehicles equipped with bad inflators made by Takata Corp. of Ja n. Some of the recalls are because of the explosion that killed Knight, with the rest due to airbags failing in lab exams.
Other automakers are expected to announce more recalls soon as the Takata inflator fine kettle of fish continues to grow. It now covers 14 auto and truck makers and totals nearby 24 million vehicles. The NHTSA says the number of recalls is liable to to ex nd further.
Takata uses the chemical ammonium nitrate to agency a small explosion that creates gas and inflates air bags in a crash. But the chemical can decline over time when exposed to high heat and humidity and fritter away too fast, blowing a rt a metal canister designed to contain the clap.
Knight is the 10th known death worldwide due to the inflators, and more than 100 people be suffering with been hurt.
Ford says it will send letters to proprietors about the recall starting the week of Feb. 22. Although it has some replacement portions available, the com ny is working with airbag makers to make additional inflators as before long as possible, spokesman John Cangany said.
The Rangers also were repealed last year to replace the ssenger airbag inflators. Ford intends customers can find out if their trucks are included by going to Ford.com and clicking on “refuge recalls.” Then they can enter their vehicle denomination number to check.
Knight hit the cow at about 6:20 p.m. on South Carolina Convey 522 not far from Columbia. If not for the inflator rupture, the crash would procure been moderate and wouldn’t have killed him, said Amanda Dotter, spokeswoman for the Elrod Pope Law Undeviating, which is representing his family.