In its second largest 2023 recall to date, Ford has revealed an issue affecting 98,500 Ranger pickups in the U.S.
Reminiscent of previous recalls, Ford cited problems with airbag inflators in 2004-2006 Ranger trucks. Since 2014, multiple brands have been forced to issue massive recalls due to dangerous airbags manufactured by Takata. This time, however, there appears to be no faulty equipment, since the automaker claims replacement inflators, placed on the affected vehicles in relation to previous Takata recalls, were not installed properly.
No accidents or injuries have been connected to the problem, and drivers who receive the recall notice can receive their repairs for free at licensed dealers. Out of all auto companies, Ford issued the second most recalls in 2021 and the most overall in 2022, with totals of 53 and 67 respectively. Presently, the brand is well on its way to achieving another consecutive year at the top of this list. In January, the automaker recalled nearly 400,000 models over problems with rearview cameras. Weeks later, a battery-related fire at one of its plants temporarily halted production of the F-150 Lightning. Although spokespersons originally claimed none of the faulty units ended up in customer hands, the automaker retracted this statement upon discovering a small handful had been shipped to owners.
Multiple deaths have been attributed to the faulty Takata airbag inflators, which could explode in the event of an accident. While a majority of these units were replaced over the last decade, some likely remain in use, since some drivers ignore recalls or never receive them due to incorrect contact information. To check if a vehicle is impacted by a recall, car owners can visit the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s website, provided they have their vehicle identification number (VIN).