Older generations of Ford’s top-selling Ranger ute have been recalled due to the infamous Takata airbag plague.
The blue oval’s voluntary recall notice covers older light commercial vehicles including 20,000 Courier vans, 1300 Econovans and almost 70,000 Ranger utes.
Specifically, Ford states that the airbag inflator produced by the now defunct Japanese company needs to be replaced in previous-generation Rangers built between September 2006 through to August 2011.
Affected Courier vans were produced between February 2004 – September 2011, and Econovans between February 2004 – October 2005.
The notice describes the possibility that the inflator unit can degrade over time from a combination of high temperatures and humidity. In the case of the airbag being deployed it is possible the metal inflator housing may rupture or explode.
Ford says the Takata unit is not the most deadly ‘Alpha’ type that is part of a compulsory recall for all manufacturers, but still that “metal fragments may propel out through the airbag cushion towards the vehicle occupants causing serious injury or fatality.”
Ford asks customers to contact their nearest Ford dealership or contact Ford Australia to organise replacement of the part free of charge.
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