Hundreds of thousands of Ford Ranger pickups are being recalled. This is due to auto defects related to the air bags and affects 2004, 2005 and 2006 model Rangers that were sold throughout the United States, including here in West Virginia. Apparently, the recall was prompted after a man from another state was killed in an accident. The crash itself occurred in December 2015 when a 52-year-old man was driving his 2006 Ranger and hit a cow and went on to strike a fence in the area.
According to reports, the airbag was activated. When it deployed, a piece of metal shrapnel struck the man in the neck and fatally injured him. This was allegedly due to a faulty inflator, which can be linked back to a Japanese company called Takata.
Defects in air bags have become a major concern recently, with Takata taking the lead across multiple news outlets. According to reports, this man is the 10th individual to die across the world due to these faulty inflators. In addition, over 100 individuals have been injured. The government expects at least five million more vehicles to be recalled by various automakers.
It appears that this man’s family has filed a lawsuit due to the auto defects that caused his death. People here in West Virginia who find themselves in a similar situation — either having lost a loved one or being injured themselves — have the right to consider their legal options in the matter. In many cases, if it can be proven that the manufacturer knew or should have known about the auto defects, a victim or a victim’s family can receive a financial award.
Source: CNBC, “Ford recalls 391K pickups due to air bag death“, Jan. 26, 2016