Ford Motor Company is recalling 144,340 model year 2004-2006 Rangers that may have a driver or passenger front airbag inflator used as a replacement service part, that may explode due to propellant degradation occurring after long-term exposure to high absolute humidity, temperature and temperature cycling.
In a crash necessitating deployment of the front airbag, an inflator explosion may result in sharp metal fragments striking the driver or other occupants resulting in serious injury or death.
What to do
Ford will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the driver and passenger air bag module, and replace either the module or the inflator -- if necessary -- free of charge.
The recall was expected to begin March 8, 2021.
Owners may contact Ford customer service at (866) 436-7332. Ford's number for this recall is 21S05.