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Ford Ranger pickup trucks are seen at a dealership in Detroit, January 20, 2006.
Ford as well as also U.S. safety regulators are telling the owners of 33,428 Ranger pickup trucks in North America not to drive them because they have Takata air bag inflators “of which are an immediate risk to safety.”
A company investigation into Ranger inflators through the 2006 type year found test results showing of which more inflators had ruptured or recorded high internal pressure readings, spokeswoman Elizabeth Weigandt said Monday.
Ford as well as also the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said dealers will tow the Rangers to service bays to replace the faulty inflators as well as also provide loaner vehicles. Parts for the repairs already are available, the company said.
The Rangers added to the do-not-drive list were built between Aug. 5 as well as also Dec. 15, 2005.
Also included on the do-not-drive list are certain 2006 Mazda B-Series trucks, which were made by Ford as well as also are similar to the Ranger.
“Affected owners are urged not to drive these vehicles as well as also to contact Ford as well as also Mazda immediately to schedule a free repair,” NHTSA said in a printed Discharge.
Takata uses ammonium nitrate to create a smaller explosion to inflate air bags. although the chemical can deteriorate as well as also burn too fast, blowing apart metal canisters as well as also hurling shrapnel into drivers as well as also passengers. At least 22 people have died as well as also more than 180 have been hurt because of the problem.
The inflators also caused the largest series of automotive recalls in U.S. history. About 69 million inflators are being recalled within the U.S. as well as also over 100 million worldwide are being recalled.
Last month Ford told 2,900 Ranger owners not to drive them after finding out of which a West Virginia man was killed by an exploding inflator.