USDOT issues plea to ’06 Ford Ranger, Mazda pickup owners

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FILE – This Thursday, Nov. 19, 2015, file photo, shows the grill of a 2015 Ford F-150 XLT on display in a showroom. Ford is recalling about 1.3 million 2015-17 F-150 and 2017 Super Duty vehicles in North America because of potential door problems. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic, File)

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is deeply concerned that certain higher-risk 2006 Ford Rangers and Mazda B-Series trucks with defective Takata airbags are not being repaired fast enough.

The vehicles are under a “do not drive” warning and the air bags must be replaced immediately. NHTSA is issuing a second public plea to owners to schedule a free repair today for their own safety and the protection of their loved ones.

“NHTSA’s number one priority is making sure that everyone is safe on our roads. I cannot stress strongly enough the urgency of this recall – these airbags are dangerous,” said NHTSA Deputy Administrator Heidi King.  “Every vehicle must be accounted for now.”

NHTSA is calling on the media, safety advocates, and the public to help spread this urgent safety message to ensure it reaches owners, particularly in the following locations where many of the vehicles are located. New York, NY (1);  Los Angeles, CA (2); Chicago, IL (3); San Francisco, CA (4); Dallas-Ft. Worth, TX (5); Houston-Galveston, TX (6); Washington, D.C. (7); Atlanta, GA (8);  Philadelphia, PA (9); Boston, MA (10); Miami-Ft. Lauderdale-Hollywood, FL (11); Phoenix, AZ (14); San Diego, CA (17); Portland, OR (22); Riverside-San Bernardino, CA (25); San Antonio, TX (26); Austin, TX (33); West Palm Beach-Boca Raton, FL (48); Knoxville, TN (72); Wilmington, DE (80), and the U.S. Territory of Puerto Rico (16).
 
According to the manufacturers, 49.2% percent of the 33,320 impacted MY 2006 Ford Rangers have been mitigated, and 55 percent of the 2,205 impacted Mazda B-Series trucks have been mitigated. Both Ford and Mazda have authorized their dealers to tow these vehicles free of charge so consumers can safely obtain the free repair. 

To stay informed and safe, NHTSA urges all drivers to take the following five actions to make sure they are kept informed of current and future recalls.

  1. Visit NHTSA.gov to find out if your car or truck is under recall. Search using your Vehicle Identification Number (VIN). 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 it is important that you check regularly, at least twice per year.
  2. If your vehicle does have a recall, call your local dealer to schedule the free repair. Just remember that in the Takata air bag recalls, there are priority groups; parts are only available for certain vehicles starting at certain dates.
  3. Sign up at NHTSA.gov/Alerts to be notified by e-mail if your vehicle is affected by a future recall.
  4. Get answers to frequently asked questions at nhtsa.gov/takata.
  5. Help spread the word: share NHTSA’s consumer fact sheet and video with friends and family.

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