Ford is recalling another 2,900 Ranger pickup trucks including 190 in Canada because they have been linked to two deaths due to defective Takata airbag inflators.
Deaths blamed on Takata airbags include a SC man driving a 2006 Ford Ranger. The West Virginia Ranger was covered by a previous recall that came after the SC death, but Weigandt said it issued a new recall because of the immediate danger from this lot of inflators.
The latest recalls cover frontal air bags in certain 2009, 2010 and 2013 vehicles made, Jaguar-Land Rover, Mercedes-Benz, and.
Owners are asked not to drive the vehicles as the air bags are "an immediate risk to safety".
The Takata airbag recall is the largest in history, affecting more than 46 million airbag inflators. More than 180 people have been injured.
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The recommendation comes after a fatal Takata air bag inflator explosion in July in one of the trucks.
Weigandt said she didn't know if there was a manufacturing problem on the day the inflators were made.
As of July 28, 2017, the most recent quarterly report from Ford available on the NHTSA website, only 3.7 percent of the recalled 2004 to 2006 Rangers in the US had been repaired, removed from service or the owners were unreachable. Of those, only 18.5 million, or 43 percent, have been replaced even though Takata recalls began in 2001. The agency said it is monitoring the automakers' progress and working to expand best practices to boost completion rates.
The company will make repairs at homes or tow trucks to dealers.
Takata said last summer that it has recalled, or expected to recall, airbags in about 125 million vehicles worldwide by 2019, and 19 different automakers worldwide are impacted. A report by an independent monitor said that as of September 15, 2017, automakers have recalled 43.1 million inflators.
But U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson, D-Florida, whose state has seen three deaths caused by the inflators, said NHTSA has known the Ranger inflators were deadly since the Knight's death in December of 2015.