Immediate Risk to Safety Leads Ford to Expand ‘Do Not Drive Warning’ for Ford Ranger and Mazda B-Series Trucks
Owners of the affected vehicles are urged not to drive their Trucks and to contact Ford or Mazda immediately
Ford and Mazda have expanded their 'do not drive warning' to include additional model year 2006 Ford Ranger and Mazda B-Series trucks.
These vehicles are equipped with defective Takata air bags that are an immediate risk to the safety of vehicle occupants. Owners of the affected vehicles are urged not to drive their trucks and to contact Ford or Mazda immediately to schedule a free repair.
More Than 36,000 Vehicles affected
More than 36,000 Ford Ranger and Mazda B-Series trucks are included in the do not drive warning, which comes on the heels of two fatalities that were caused by ruptured Takata air bag inflators. Initially, the warning included only 3,000 vehicles.
Ford says that these vehicles pose an "elevated risk to safety" and that their air bag inflators have a higher risk of rupturing in the event of a crash than other recalled Takata inflators. Some of these Ford Ranger and Mazda B-Series trucks are already under recall to replace the defective air bags. This elevated status moves them to the front of the line for replacement.
Replacement Air Bags Available Now
Replacement air bags for these vehicles are available now, and Ford and Mazda will tow vehicles to a local dealership for repair, and provide loaner vehicles to impacted owners, free of charge.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is urging the public to help spread the word about this urgent safety issue to ensure that all owners are notified.
Find Out IF Your Vehicle Is included
To find out if your Ford Ranger or Mazda B-Series truck is affected by the do not drive warning, use NHTSA's online VIN search tool. If your vehicle is impacted, call your local Ford or Mazda dealer right away to schedule the free tow and repair. NO NOT DRIVE YOUR VEHICLE.