Up until recently thousands of vehicles have been recalled due to defective parts and potentially deadly consequences associated with Takata airbags. All across Pennsylvania vehicle owners have had to take their cars, trucks and sport utility vehicles into their dealerships to have the defective parts removed and replaced with safer options. Just recently another make and model of vehicle has been added to the list of affected automobiles.
Ford Ranger trucks built in the Twin Cities between August of 2005 and December of 2005 are being recalled due to two deaths associated with rupturing airbag inflators. The first death occurred in January of 2016 and the second happened in West Virginia over the summer of 2017.
The potential hazards to consumers are so severe that Ford has asked drivers of the affected vehicles to stop driving their trucks at once. Rather than driving their trucks to dealerships for repairs, dealers plan to drive out to consumers to tow or otherwise return the trucks to their shops to make their repairs. Consumers are entitled to receive loaner cars while their Ford Ranger trucks are out of their possession.
The Takata airbag recall is one of the biggest product liability situations in American history. More than 30 million vehicles have been recalled and the scope of harm that consumers face when these defective air bags explode is astronomical. Readers who are currently driving recalled vehicles are encouraged to seek repairs to their airbags and those who have suffered losses due to defective vehicle products are encouraged to seek legal counsel regarding their rights to sue.
Source: msn.com, “Ford Says Certain Ranger Pickups Should Stop Being Driven Immediately after Second Airbag-Related Death,” David Muller, Jan. 13, 2018