Ford and Mazda are adding more than 35,000 pickup trucks to a list of vehicles that should not be driven because they are equipped with defective Takata airbag inflators that are at a high risk of exploding upon deployment.
According to U.S. News, the warning includes 33,428 Ford Rangers and 1,955 Mazda B-Series pickups from the 2006 model year. The warning was issued after testing by Ford revealed the trucks were equipped with Takata airbags that were especially prone to high internal pressure readings ruptures.
All affected vehicles were sold in the U.S. market, and both companies said dealers will tow affected vehicles to service bays and replace the faulty inflators at no cost to owners. The companies will also provide loaner vehicles to owners while repairs are being made.
This announcement expands upon a previous “Do Not Drive” warning that was issued last month following the death of a West Virginia man. The previous announcement was limited to roughly 2,900 2006 Ford Rangers.
Affected Ford Rangers were produced in 2005.
In a statement released the same day as the Ford/Mazda “Do Not Drive” announcement, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) revealed that additional vehicles are being scrutinized to see if they should receive similar treatment. As part of that initiative, NHTSA is calling on Ford, Mazda, and Takata to conduct additional testing on inflators that were built outside of the 2005 production range “to ensure that other vehicles do not need to be included.”
The regulatory agency also called on all Ranger and B-Series owners to work with dealers to get their vehicles repaired as soon as possible, regardless if they are part of the “Do Not Drive” list.
So far, defective Takata airbag inflators have been linked to at least 22 deaths and more than 180 injuries. 69 million inflators have been recalled in the U.S., and more than 100 million inflators have been recalled worldwide.
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