The July 2017 fatality in a crash in West Virginia brings the total to at least 21 deaths related to the airbags worldwide, with most taking place in the U.S. Ford previously reported a similar death that happened in December 2015 in SC.
Ford is urging owners of about 2,900 Ranger small pickups to stop driving the vehicles until getting a defective Takata airbag replaced.
Most of the vehicles were sold in the United States, with 190 others sold in Canada.
Dealers will fix the trucks at owners' homes or tow them to dealerships for the work, spokeswoman Elizabeth Weigandt said.
Ford inspected the vehicle on December 27, confirmed that the inflator ruptured resulting in a driver fatality and notified the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The company designs, manufactures, markets and services a full line of Ford cars, trucks, SUVs, electrified vehicles and Lincoln luxury vehicles, provides financial services through Ford Motor Credit Company and is pursuing leadership positions in electrification, autonomous vehicles and mobility solutions. It's critical that this message reaches all affected owners. "It is extremely important that all high-risk air bags are tracked down and replaced immediately". NHTSA must do more, he said, to make the recall a priority. Search using your Vehicle Identification Number (VIN). Of those 391,000 2004-2006 Ranger vehicles, the new recall announced on Thursday affects 2,900 vehicles.
You can find a full list of recalled vehicles on Consumer Reports' website.
The US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration on Saturday posted a notice from Takata which stated that it would be recalling another 3.3 million inflators for vehicles from various automakers ranging from Toyota, Honda Motor Co, BMW AG, Daimler AG, General Motors Co, Tata Motors Jaguar Land Rover unit and Subaru Corp.
Get answers to frequently asked questions at NHTSA.gov/recall-spotlight/tak ata-air-bags.