An American car company is recalling nearly 390,000 vehicles because of an air bag death.

The recall includes Ford trucks from the 2004 through 2006 model years in the U.S. and Canada. It comes after the government announced that a South Carolina man died when an inflator exploded in his 2006 Ranger when he got into a car accident.

Other automakers will recall another 5 million vehicles equipped with faulty inflators made by Takata Corporation of Japan, not only because of the incident involving the driver, but also because of the airbags failing in lab tests.

Takata uses the chemical ammonium nitrate, which causes a small explosion, creating gas that inflates air bags. But over time the chemical can deteriorate when exposed to high heat and burn too fast, blowing apart a metal canister designed to contain the explosion.

There have been 10 deaths worldwide and more than 100 people have been hurt because of the inflators.

 

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