Ford’s rare “stop driving” recall

After a second death caused by a poorly engineered Takata airbag inflator, Ford urged 2,900 North American Ranger pickup owners in North America to stop driving until they can get replacement parts.

Both deaths occurred 2006 Ranger pickups, with inflators built on the same day. So far, the inflators, which can fire metal fragments into the driver, have caused at least 21 deaths — all but these two in Hondas.

Ford’s new recall covers 2,900 vehicles in the highest-risk group; Ford had already recalled 391,000 vehicles for the airbag issue. The company will pay to have Rangers towed, or will send repair teams out to the trucks.

David Zatz

The founder of famed Mopar site allpar.com, David Zatz has been writing about cars and trucks since the early 1990s; he also writes on organizational development and business at toolpack.info and covers Mac statistics software at macstats.org