NHTSA, Ford Urge Certain 2006 Ford Ranger Owners To Stay Off The Road (Update)

2006 Ford Ranger

[Editor’s Note:  Updated with new information from Ford since its original post date January 12, 2018.]

This week Ford is updating its 2006 Ford Ranger recall to call attention to certain additional vehicles at potentially higher risk of Takata airbag explosions.  The vehicles of particular concern now include 2006 Ranger models built at the Twin Cities Assembly Plant from August 5, 2005, to November 4, 2005, in addition to those built from Aug. 10, 2005, to Dec. 15, 2005.

NOTE:  Driver and passenger airbag inflators in all 2004-06 Ford Rangers built in North America are already under a Takata airbag inflator recall.  Parts are available now and dealers are prepared to get vehicles directly from customers, make permanent repairs that will resolve the safety risk and provide a free interim loaner vehicle, if necessary.

2006 Ford Ranger Airbag Alert

Back in January 2018, both Ford and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration urged owners of certain 2006 Ford Ranger pickups to stop driving them immediately following a second confirmed Takata airbag death in a Ranger vehicle. You can read the NHTSA statement here.

Ford Confirms Second Takata Airbag Death

The second confirmed Ford Ranger crash occurred in West Virginia in the Summer of 2017.  Ford said it was notified about the accident on December 22, 2017. They inspected the vehicle on Dec. 27, confirmed that the inflator ruptured resulting in the driver’s death, then notified NHTSA.   The first Takata-related airbag death in a Ford Ranger was reported in January 2016.

Impacted 2006 Rangers  

As of February 12, this expanded recall involves approximately 33,428 additional 2006 Ford Rangers in North America with 30,603 located in the United States and federalized territories and 2,825 in Canada. The total number of vehicles included in this recall now is 36,330. The Ford reference number for this recall is 18S02.

“We take this matter very seriously and are advising owners of these specific 2006 Ford Rangers to stop driving their vehicles so dealers can make repairs immediately,” said a Ford press release. “Parts are available now, and dealers are prepared to get vehicles directly from customers, make permanent repairs that will resolve the safety risk and provide a free interim loaner vehicle, if necessary.”

Ford has a VIN look-up tool at Ford.com that customers can use to determine if their vehicle is one of those involved in this action. It can be found here.

You can read the full February 12, 2018 press release on Ford’s website here.

NHTSA Notice

NHTSA Campaign Number: 18V022000

Manufacturer: Ford Motor Company

Components: AIR BAGS

Potential Number of Units Affected: 2,700

Summary: Ford Motor Company (Ford) is recalling certain 2006 Ford Ranger trucks. Upon deployment of the passenger side frontal air bag, excessive internal pressure may cause the inflator to explode.

Remedy: Ford will notify owners, instructing them not to drive their vehicles. Dealers will replace the passenger’s frontal air bag inflator with an alternate inflator, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin January 16, 2018. Owners may contact Ford customer service at 1-866-436-7332. Ford’s number for this recall is 18S02.

Notes: Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.

Photo Credit: Ford

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3 Comments
  1. Jay 9 months ago

    I have a 2006 Ranger. Question: When I set this up with my Ford dealership, and spend 4 or more hours there waiting, and getting totally bored, how do I know they changed whatever they’re supposed to change? Personally, I don’t trust any dealership

  2. Al Wondra 9 months ago

    So , Jay , which is More trustworthy , the dealership or Takata ? Here is an idea : go to the dealership , talk with the actual service manager , and ask him to assign to you the same trusted mechanic which he would assign to his own recall work .

  3. Bill Purdy 6 months ago

    It kills me that they waited so long to announce this. Ranger drivers have been driving around with the problem for the last TWELVE years! They couldn’t do anything before now?

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