The problem: Takata, a global supplier of automotive safety systems and products, has had issues with a driver-side air bag inflator, which could explode and shoot out metal fragments, injuring vehicle occupants.
Affected models: the recall covers several models, including:
- Certain 2004-2005 Ford Rangers built at Edison Assembly Plant from August 12, 2003 to March 1, 2004
- Certain 2004-2005 Ford Rangers built at Twin Cities Assembly Plant from May 21, 2003 to May 4, 2005
- Certain 2005-2006 Ford GTs built at Wixom Assembly Plant from February 11, 2005 to January 30, 2006
These vehicles were originally sold, or registered, in the following states:
- Puerto Rico
- U.S. Virgin Islands
Per NHTSA’s request, the recall includes vehicles in some areas of Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, Texas, Guam, Saipan, and American Samoa.
Number of affected models: the Ford airbag recall includes approximately 38,500 vehicles in the United States and federalized territories − roughly an additional 13,000 vehicles more the original recall. This brings the total number of Takata-equipped Ford vehicles being recalled in the region to approximately 98,000.
The fix: dealers will replace the airbag inflator at no cost to the customer.
Contact: owners can contact Ford at 1-800-392-3673 or their local dealers with questions about the Ford airbag recall.