Ford urges 2900 pickup owners to stop driving after new Takata death

Airbag recall expanded Louisianians encouraged to check their vehicles

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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.

The most recent occurred in July 2017, with Ford notified on December 22. In January of 2016, Ford recalled about 391,000 Rangers in the USA and Canada from the 2004 to 2006 model years to replace the driver's air bag inflators.

"It is extremely important that all high-risk airbags are tracked down and replaced immediately", the federal safety agency said in a statement.

In total, at least 100 million units across all auto manufacturers have been affected worldwide - while 20 people have died in related accidents, and scores more have been injured. The problem brought a criminal conviction and fine against Takata and forced the Japanese company into bankruptcy protection.

The latest recall by Ford involves vehicles already recalled in 2016. Ford is now issuing an urgent new recall for Rangers with inflators made on that day because of the immediate danger from this lot of inflators.

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Japanese air bag maker is recalling an additional 3.3 million faulty air bag inflators as it expands the largest automotive recall in USA history.

A Takata spokesman said the company will make all attempts to ensure it can deliver replacement inflators as soon as possible. Instead, Ford will send teams to the owners' homes to tow the vehicles to a fix shop and provide loaner vehicles. Some owners may have ignored the first recall notice in anticipation of the final fix announced in December, she said. A November report from an independent Takata recall monitor showed that automakers have fixed only 43 percent of the faulty inflators.

Several other automakers also have low completion rates.

Millions of affected vehicles have been recalled since flaws were found in the airbags in 2014.

Senator Bill Nelson, a Democrat, said in a statement on Thursday the latest death is evidence of "the very definition of a failed recall" pointing to the earlier Ford death in 2015.

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