Yes, it is sad to have any loss of life, and for this type of thing it is especially sad.
Current testing has found long periods of heat plus high humidity(years) is needed for this malfunction to occur.
So current Ranger recalls are only in Southern Florida, along the Gulf Coast, US Virgin Islands. Puerto Rico, Hawaii, Guam, American Samoa, and Saipan.
I doubt you will ever get a recall in PA.
If someone has lived in these above recall areas and has moved, with their Ranger, to less humid area they probably wouldn't have a problem but would in most cases get the recall notice, via the VIN/registration, based on where is was sold.
And conversely, if you bought a Ranger in a norther state but moved, with the Ranger, to one of the recall areas you may or may not get the recall notice, I would check, you probably would but better safe than sorry, or in this case DEAD.
The airbag deploying isn't the issue here, although that could cause an accident, the Takata bags are exploding, termed as "energetic disassembly" in one article, and the shrapnel from this "energetic disassembly" is what has kill 10 people from what I read.
Not that this is excusable in any way, but you are way more likely to be injured or killed in a vehicle in many other manners, and actually saved by a Takata airbag than killed by one.
I live "up north" so, literally, not sweating about my airbag.
3 things needed for this "energetic disassembly" are Heat(repeated Hot and cool down cycles), high Humidity for long periods during the heat up/cool down, and ammonium nitrate propellant as the inflator for the airbag
Last edited by RonD; 02-26-2016 at 10:21 AM.