Ford and Mazda have announced that they are expanding their “do not drive warning” to include additional 2006 Ford Ranger and Mazda B-Series trucks with defective Takata air bags based on new testing.
The vehicles have defective Takata air bags that are an immediate risk to safety. Affected owners are urged not to drive these vehicles and to contact Ford and Mazda immediately to schedule a free repair.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is urging the public to help spread the message to ensure it reaches owners.
To stay informed about future recalls, NHTSA urges all drivers to take the following five actions.
- Visit NHTSA.gov/recalls to find out if your car or truck is under recall. Search using your Vehicle Identification Number. Your search result will tell you if your car or truck is included in this or any other safety recall at this time. Vehicles scheduled for future recalls will not show up in this search, so check regularly, at least twice per year.
- If your vehicle does have a recall, call your local dealer to schedule the free repair. Remember that in the Takata air bag recalls, there are priority groups; parts are only available for certain vehicles starting at certain dates.
- Sign up at NHTSA.gov/alerts to be notified by e-mail if your vehicle is affected by a future recall.
- Get answers to frequently asked questions at NHTSA.gov/recall-spotlight/takata-air-bags