Ford Motor Co. and Mazda are increasing a recall to include more than 380,000 pickup trucks made in the mid-2000s equipped with potentially fatal Takata air bags that can explode and have killed at least 20 people around the world. This is the second time that a recall has been issued for 2004 to 2006 Ford Ranger and Ford-made Mazda B-Series trucks originally recalled in 2015 and 2016. The original recall involved a temporary repair and the superseding recall will require customers who received an air bag to take in their cars to a dealer to have an alternate inflator installed that doesn’t have ammonium nitrate, an inexpensive but volatile compound that causes the air bags to explode, according to National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) documents dated Dec. 14.
The air bags have prompted the largest recall in U.S. history, with more than 40 million vehicles recalled. In June, Takata filed for bankruptcy in Delaware and Japan, having reached a deal to sell most of its assets to Sterling Heights, Michigan-based auto parts supplier Key Safety Systems Inc. for $1.6 billion.