Ford had already issued a recall for trail brake controller and expanded it for defective Takata airbag inflators.
Ford expanded its safety recall is due to defective Takata airbag inflators. According to NHTSA a crash resulted in the death of a man from Michigan due to the inflators.
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All 2004-2006 Ford Rangers built in North America are affected by the recall. Previously the issue resulted in a single death. The total number of vehicles to be recalled is 391,394 vehicles.
Out of those 361,692 are in the United States and federalized territories and 29,334 are in Canada. Takata has also declared the inflators as defective. Ford dealers will replace the driver side airbag inflator free of charge.
Ford had previously issued a recall due to a brake control issue. Ford issued is a safety recall for 83 2016 Ford E-Series cutaway and chassis cab. The recall is for North America with a potential issue with the trailer brake controller.
According to Ford, under certain conditions, a driver may lose trailer braking function at a stop. Although braking is not affected the default may result in extended braking distance.
The defect in the brake could also increase the risk of a crash. 75 vehicles in the United States and 8 in Canada have been affected by the recall.
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So far there have been no accidents or injuries reported related to the issue. The recall will consist of an update to the powertrain control module software. Ford dealers will carry out the update at no cost to the customer.