Recall: Ford Ranger Airbag Inflators – Again

2006 Ford Ranger in white.If you’ve already brought your 2004-2006 Ford Ranger into the dealership to have the airbag inflator replaced once, you may need to do it again. Ford has expanded an ongoing do-over of an urgent recall.

The company has replaced millions of Ranger airbag inflators as part of the ongoing Takata airbag recall. That recall, which affects more than 67 million American cars built by dozens of manufacturers, has been ongoing since 2013.

But Ford recently learned that some replacement inflators may have been installed incorrectly. Last year, the company again recalled about 99,000 Rangers to check the installation of the replacement part. Ford has now expanded that recall to apply to 230,000 older pickups.

Ford tells federal safety regulators it can identify the at-risk vehicles and will contact owners directly. So the follow-up recall doesn’t apply to every Ranger owner.

Dealers will reinstall the inflator in the correct orientation to fix the problem.

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