Ford is recalling all Rangers made between 2004 and 2006. This totals close to 391,000 pickups.
The recall came to light after a South Carolina man, Joel Knight, 52, was killed when he was struck in the neck by a piece of shrapnel after an inflator exploded as he drove his 2006 Ranger.
The government says that automakers could end up recalling another 5 million vehicles that were made with the faulty inflators, made by Takata Corp of Japan.
Ford says it plans to send letters to all owners about the recall the week of Feb. 22. Some replacement parts will be available and they are working with an air bag maker to make additional inflators as soon as possible says their spokesman John Canagany.