NHTSA said the vehicles pose "an immediate risk to safety" and urged owners to immediately schedule a free fix. Ford is advising these owners of certain Ford Rangers to stop driving their vehicles so dealers can make repairs immediately.
The expansion was ordered following additional safety testing, and now covers a broader time frame of production. The action is essentially an extension of a smaller recall Ford issued last month.
Ford has expanded an earlier recall concerning Takata airbags.
Ford has created a look-up tool where customers can determine if their vehicle is one of those involved in the recall.
The affected vehicles were built at the Twin Cities Assembly Plant from August 10, 2005 to December 15, 2005.
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Dealers will pick up the Rangers from owners and take them in for repairs. The total number of vehicles included in this recall now is 36,330.
This expanded recall involves approximately 33,428 additional Rangers in North America with 30,603 in the U.S. and federal territories and 2,825 in Canada.
Parts are already available for the recall and dealers will pick up the affected vehicles directly, leaving a free loaner auto in necessary.
As part of the "Do Not Drive" warning, Ford will have customer vehicles towed to dealerships and will offer loaner cars while repairs are performed. The faulty inflators have led to the largest automotive recall in history.
The agency estimates about 37 million vehicles across are under recall for approximately 50 million defective Takata air bags.