Ford is telling owners of about 2,900 2006 Ranger pickup trucks not to drive them after discovering that a man was killed in a wreck involving an exploding Takata air bag inflator.
Ford said the death happened on July 1 in West Virginia and was reported to the auto maker on December 22.
Owners of the vehicles can contact Ford to schedule a free repair, with the automaker saying it will send mobile repair teams to owners' homes, tow vehicles to local dealerships for repair, and provide loaner vehicles, free of charge. All of the other deaths have occurred in Hondas.
The second largest USA automaker said it confirmed in late December that a July 2017 crash death in West Virginia in a 2006 Ford Ranger was caused by a defective Takata inflator.
"Ford is saddened by these tragic losses and offers its honest condolences to the drivers' families", the company said. Of the 391,000 recalled, the new warning involves 2,900 vehicles, including 2,700 in the US and almost 200 in Canada.
Japanese auto supplier Takata plans to sell its viable operations to Key Safety Systems, an affiliate of China's Ningo Joyson Electric Corp, for $1.6 billion.
The latest recall by Ford involves vehicles already recalled in 2016. "It is extremely important that all high-risk air bags are tracked down and replaced immediately", NHTSA spokeswoman Karen Aldana said. NHTSA must do more, he said, to make the recall a priority. There has been a linkage of faulty airbag inflators to over 180 cases of injuries and 20 deaths, mostly in the United States.
You can find a full list of recalled vehicles on Consumer Reports' website.
In November, NHTSA rejected a petition from Ford to delay recalling 3 million vehicles with potentially defective airbag inflators to conduct additional testing.
The NHTSA in November had stated that 19 automakers had recalled over 46 million inflators in 34 million United States vehicles - and by 2019 as many as 70 million USA inflators will have been recalled. A subsequent inspection indicated that the airbag's inflator ruptured, killing the driver.