By on February 12, 2018

After alerting drivers of nearly 3,000 2006 Ranger pickups last month, Ford Motor Company wants the owners of another 33,428 trucks to stop driving their vehicle, get out, and walk away.

The vehicles involved in this latest “stop driving” order are, like the other crop, all presently under recall for a potentially deadly airbag defect, though recent tests show they could be especially dangerous in the event of an airbag deployment. Ford singled out the earlier group of vehicles after discovering a connection between two airbag-related deaths in the United States. The unstable Takata airbag inflators found in both vehicles, which detonated and sprayed both crash victims with metal shards, were assembled on the same day.

These 33,428 Rangers could be equally dangerous, the company says.

“After Ford took this action,” the automaker stated, referring to the earlier order, “the company continued its investigation and testing. Further inflator and propellant test data showed higher propellant pressures and ruptures inside certain inflators in vehicles built during the period included in this expanded recall. Ford is not aware of any injuries or fatalities involved in these additional vehicles.”

All vehicles in this high-risk group rolled out of the Twin Cities Assembly Plant between August 10, 2005 and December 15, 2005, and from August 5, 2005 to November 4, 2005. Besides 2,825 Rangers sold to Canada, the bulk of the vehicles went to customers in the U.S. and federalized territories.

The automaker encourages drivers to type their vehicle’s VIN number into Ford’s online search tool (see link here) to see if their truck falls into this group. Some 391,000 2004-2006 Rangers, as well as some Mazda B-Series twins, fall under the same Takata airbag recall. It’s actually the second in a two-phase recall designed to get the dangerous inflators out of vehicles as soon as possible, with a final fix coming later. (Those final parts are now in stock.) The reference number for the recall is 18S02.

All recall work performed by Ford will be free of charge. Once contacted, the automaker will tow the high-risk vehicle to a repair shop, with owners eligible for a free loaner, should they request it.

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8 Comments on “Ranger Danger: Ford Issues ‘Stop Driving’ Order for Another 33,000 Trucks...”


  • avatar
    eggsalad

    GF gave her daughter a ’10 Accord with Takata bags. Honda desperately wants to get it in for the recall, but she can’t, as she works 40 hours a week and goes to college another 20 hours. I get it. These recalls, especially the “stop driving” ones, ought to include a loaner car for free as well. People have things to do.

    • 0 avatar
      Middle-Aged Miata Man

      Has she specifically requested a loaner as a condition for bringing her car in, or has one just not been offered to her?

      • 0 avatar
        eggsalad

        Nope. She’s the sort of gal who just assumes she’d be either stuck at the dealership or carless all day. Fortunately, it’s not my circus.

        • 0 avatar
          gtem

          FWIW I had a friend who Honda put in a loaner for weeks on end while they waited for parts to come in for his ’02 200k mile Civic, worth looking into. I got a notice for my $500 Pilot, haven’t looked into it yet. But getting to drive a nice new loaner because my $500 beater is getting new airbags sounds pretty good.

    • 0 avatar
      JohnTaurus

      “These recalls, especially the “stop driving” ones, ought to include a loaner car for free as well.”

      Yeah they should! Oh, wait:

      “…with owners eligible for a free loaner, should they request it.”

      • 0 avatar
        schen72

        My Acura RL needed to have both airbags replaced as they were also manufactured by Takata. This was at the very beginning of the craze and thus supplies were horribly limited. My dealer rented a BMW X3 for me and I ended up driving it for about 3 months until the parts came in.

  • avatar
    Nick_515

    I think articles about recalled Fords need to include a trigger alert in the headline, for the, um, sensitive members of our community.

  • avatar
    Sub-600

    I’d like to see someone driving an IED Edition Ranger over a bridge just abandon it, like Bill Murray with his taxicab in ‘Stripes’…”I’m sorry, Ma’am, I shouldn’t have taken all that cough syrup this morning.”

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