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UPDATE 1-Ford recalling 153,000 vehicles in U.S., Canada that could have faulty inflators

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By David Shepardson

WASHINGTON, Feb 18 (Reuters) - Ford Motor Co isrecalling 153,000 older trucks that may have had obsolete Takataair bag modules installed in collision and theft repairs afterthe Takata recall was completed, the automaker said on Thursday.

The second-largest U.S. automaker identified 144,340 U.S.2004-06 Ford Ranger trucks and about 8,800 in Canada that couldhave obsolete Takata parts. Ford said it could not locate 45inflators that could have been installed and was recalling allof the vehicles "at the request of the U.S. National HighwayTraffic Safety Administration" (NHTSA).

Ford also said on Thursday it was separately recalling agroup of 1,100 vehicles from the 2004-2011 model years that mayalso have had obsolete Takata service parts.

Last month, Ford said it would comply with an earlier NHTSArequest to recall 3 million vehicles with potentially defectivedriver-side Takata air bags and would take a $610 millioncharge.

NHTSA rejected a formal petition from Ford to avoid arecall.

The defect, which leads in rare instances to air baginflators rupturing and sending potentially deadly metalfragments flying, prompted the largest automotive recall in U.S.history of more than 67 million inflators. Worldwide, about 100million inflators installed by 19 major automakers have beenrecalled.

Also last month, NHTSA said at least 17 million U.S.vehicles with Takata air bags remain unrepaired.

Takata inflators have resulted in the deaths of at least 27people worldwide and 18 in the United States, and over 400reported injuries.

Two people died in Takata air bag ruptures in previouslyrecalled 2006 Ford Ranger vehicles, with the most recent deathin 2017.

In November, NHTSA said it was rejecting a petition filed byGeneral Motors to avoid recalling 5.9 million U.S.vehicles with Takata inflators. GM said later it was taking a$1.1 billion charge as a result of the recall.

(Reporting by David Shepardson in WashingtonEditing by Leslie Adler and Matthew Lewis)