Reports of exploding air bag inflators with enough force to cause injuries or death caused Ford to recall nearly 391,000 Ranger pickups.
The recall comes just days after the government announced that a South Carolina man was killed when an inflator exploded in December, reported The Associated Press.
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 recall covers trucks from 2004 through 2006 in the U.S. and Canada.
The government said 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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