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Ford is recalling 153,000 vehicles in the U.S. that may have defective inflators

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By David Shepardson

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Ford Motor (NYSE 🙂 Co is recalling 153,000 older trucks that may have had obsolete Takata airbag modules installed in collision and theft repairs following the completion of the Takata recall, the automaker said Thursday.

The second largest US automaker identified 144,340 US Ford Ranger trucks (2004-06) and about 8,800 in Canada that could potentially have obsolete Takata parts. Ford said it cannot find 45 inflators to install and is recalling all vehicles “at the request of the US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

Ford also said Thursday that it is separately recalling a group of 1,100 2004-2011 vehicles that may also have had obsolete Takata service parts.

Last month, Ford announced it would honor an earlier NHTSA request to recall 3 million vehicles with potentially defective Takata driver-side airbags and levy a $ 610 million fee.

NHTSA turned down a formal petition from Ford to avoid a recall.

The defect, which in rare cases causes airbag inflators to burst and release potentially deadly metal fragments, resulted in the largest automobile recall in US history with more than 67 million inflators. Around 100 million inflators installed by 19 major automakers have been recalled worldwide.

Also last month, NHTSA said at least 17 million US vehicles with Takata airbags were not repaired.

Takata inflators have killed at least 27 people worldwide and 18 in the US, and over 400 have reported injuries.

Two people died from Takata airbag ruptures in previously recalled Ford Ranger vehicles from 2006, most recently in 2017.

In November, NHTSA rejected a petition filed by General Motors (NYSE 🙂 to avoid recalling 5.9 million U.S. vehicles with Takata inflators. GM later said it was charged a $ 1.1 billion fee as a result of the recall.

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