Ford recalls over 953,000 vehicles to replace inflators

Ford oval badge in the grill of a pickup truck on the sales lot at Butler County Ford in Butler Pa

Ford oval badge in the grill of a pickup truck on the sales lot at Butler County Ford in Butler Pa

According to the NHTSA, there are 50 million defective Takata airbags in 37 million USA vehicles.

Ford has announced plans to recall 953,000 vehicles worldwide-including 782,000 in the United States-amid fears that the passenger air bag inflator could explode and injure riders.

2010-11 Ford Ranger vehicles built at the Twin Cities plant in Minnesota between August 14, 2008, and June 21, 2014.

At least 23 people have been killed worldwide by the inflators.

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Takata used the chemical ammonium nitrate to create an explosion to inflate air bags.

Takata air bags can potentially explode and hurl shrapnel when deployed due to exposure from heat and humidity. And 10 million more inflators are scheduled to be recalled this month, including the Ford vehicles. Last September, Honda and Acura recalled 1.4 million vehicles for the issue and in December, Toyota and Lexus recalled 65,000 vehicles. This planned expansion is part of NHTSA's effort to space out the replacement of Takata airbag inflators based on the risk to drivers and passengers.

Ford says dealers will replace the airbag inflator or module at no cost to customers. "Takata has determined that propellant degradation can rupture the airbag inflator".

Ford on Friday extended its recall of hundreds of thousands of vehicles fitted with faulty airbags from automotive supplier Takata to include almost 1 million vehicles sold in the US and Canada.

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