Ford Motor Co. is warning owners of nearly 3,000 older Ranger pickup trucks not to drive them after learning that a driver was killed last year when a defective air bag made by Japanese supplier Takata Corp. ruptured in a crash.
Ford said the death happened on July 1 in West Virginia and was reported to the auto maker on Dec. 22. Ford inspectors confirmed days later that a faulty Takata air bag inflater ruptured, “resulting in a driver fatality,” the company said in a statement.
The fatality brings the death toll from defective Takata air bags to 15 in the U.S. and 21 globally, along with hundreds of injuries. Defective inflaters cause the air bags to rupture with too much force, spraying shrapnel inside the vehicle.