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Takata Takes Another: Fatal 2006 Ford Ranger collision linked to Takata airbags, NHTSA says

Toronto, Ontario — Like a certain viral lung condition we have all become somewhat familiar with, faulty Takata airbags have re-emerged from the shadows to claim yet another victim; this time, the driver of a 2006 Ford Ranger in the U.S.

The driver of the truck was killed following a crash that caused the drivers-side airbag inflator to rupture and inflict additional injury; a tragically familiar story for a company that has been under intense scrutiny from safety regulators since the first recall was launched nearly ten years ago, in 2013.

Takata’s defective airbags have been linked to at least 30 deaths worldwide and more than 200 injuries, with most fatalities having occurred in Honda vehicles, according to Reuters.

The Ford Ranger that was driven by this most recent victim was, like all other vehicles suspected of containing Takata airbags, under a “do not drive” order from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

“We need everyone to check right now for open Takata recalls – and if you have one, to schedule an appointment at your dealership immediately for a repair,” said acting NHTSA administrator, Ann Carlson.

“Every day that passes when you don’t get a recalled airbag replaced puts you and your family at greater risk of injury or death. Don’t let an open recall cost you or your passengers your lives.”

The Canadian auto recycling industry was commended by U.S.-based company, Rebuilders’ Automotive Supply (RAS), last year, for its work in sourcing and removing Takata airbags from the country’s collective used parts inventory.

Drivers who are concerned their vehicle may contain Takata airbags can visit the NHTSA’s website for more information.

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