Ford recalls 391K Ranger pickups due to air bag death

HOLD FOR BUSINESS PHOTO--at the 2013 Auto Show in Pittsburgh, Thursday, Feb. 14, 2013. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

DETROIT (AP) — Ford is recalling nearly 391,000 Ranger pickups because the driver’s air bag inflators can explode with too much force and cause injuries.

The recall covers trucks from 2004 through 2006 in the U.S. and Canada.

It comes just days after the government announced that a South Carolina man was killed when an inflator exploded in December. Joel Knight of Kershaw died when he was struck in the neck by metal shrapnel after his 2006 Ranger hit a cow in the road and struck a fence.

The government says automakers will recall another 5 million vehicles equipped with faulty inflators made by Takata Corp. of Japan. Some of the recalls are because of the crash that killed Knight, with the rest due to air bags failing in lab tests.

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