Ford has expanded an earlier recall concerning Takata airbags.

It is now advising owners of some North America 2006 Ford Ranger vehicles with Takata non-desiccated airbag inflators to stop driving their vehicles and contact their dealers immediately for repairs.

The 33,428 vehicles, which were previously under a separate Takata airbag inflator recall, have been transferred due to an elevated risk to safety posed by airbag inflators that may have a higher risk of rupturing in the event of a crash than other recalled Takata inflators. Ford is advising owners of affected Rangers to stop driving their vehicles so dealers can make repairs immediately.

The automaker said parts are available now and dealers would collect vehicles directly from customers, make permanent repairs that will resolve the safety risk and provide a free interim loaner vehicle, if necessary.

It previously took this action for around 3,000 2006 Rangers because there were two fatalities caused by driver airbag inflator ruptures from Takata inflators built on the same day. Further inflator and propellant test data showed higher propellant pressures and ruptures inside certain inflators in vehicles built during the period included in the expanded recall.

Ford said it was not aware of any injuries or fatalities involved in these additional vehicles.

Affected vehicles include 2006 Rangers built at Twin Cities Assembly Plant from 10 August 2005 to 15 December 2005 and from 5 August 2005 to 4 November 2005.

This expanded recall involves approximately 33,428 additional Rangers in North America with 30,603 in the US and federal territories and 2,825 in Canada. The total number of vehicles included in this recall now is 36,330.

Driver and passenger airbag inflators in all 2004-06 Ford Rangers built in North America were already under a Takata airbag inflator recall. Final service parts are available now and Ford is urging customers to contact local dealers to get their vehicles serviced.

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