The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has issued a second “public plea” to owners of two truck models equipped with recalled Takata airbags after determining too few of the trucks had been repaired.
According to the Miami Herald, only 49.2 percent of recalled 2006 Ford Rangers and 55 percent of recalled 2006 Mazda B-Series trucks have received repairs for faulty Takata airbags that can explode on deployment.
In its release, NHTSA reminds consumers that both vehicle models are currently under a “do not drive” warning and that the airbags must be replaced immediately. NHTSA also states that it 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.
Ford and Mazda will provide free towing to dealership service departments.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is urging owners of BMW, Chrysler, Dodge, Ford, General Motors, Honda, Mazda, Mitsubishi, Nissan, Subaru, and Toyota vehicles equipped with Takata airbags to heed recall notices and have their airbags replaced.
According to reports, the airbags can explode when deployed, sending metal shrapnel throughout the recalled vehicles. These metal shards can injure and potentially kill drivers and passengers – at least 22 deaths and more than 180 injuries have been linked to the defective airbags.
More than 125 million vehicles have been recalled worldwide. The Center for Auto Safety has accused Honda of underreporting the number of injuries and deaths linked to faulty Takata airbags, and NHTSA has opened an industry-wide investigation into the matter.
If you or a loved one have been injured by a defective and dangerous Takata airbag, call Thomas J. Henry today. Our attorneys are available 24/7, nights and weekends to evaluate your claim and provide you with a free legal consultation. Our firm has offices in Corpus Christi, San Antonio, Austin, and Houston, serving clients across Texas and nationwide.