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Takata Airbag Recall: Feds Urge Owners to Stop Driving Certain Ford and Mazda Pickups

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2006 Mazda B Series pickup truck (ConsumerReports.org)

Federal regulators are sounding the alarm again—and louder—for owners of 2006 Ford Ranger and Mazda B-Series pickups that contain dangerously defective Takata airbag inflators to stop driving the trucks and to get replacement airbags as soon as possible.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said Monday that it was “deeply concerned” that repairs aren’t happening fast enough. The latest figures show that 49 percent of the 33,320 affected 2006 Ford Rangers (about 16,300) and 58 percent of the 2,205 affected 2006 Mazda B-Series trucks (about 1,275) have been fixed.

“I cannot stress strongly enough the urgency of this recall—these airbags are dangerous,” says Heidi King, NHTSA deputy administrator. “Every vehicle must be accounted for now.”

NHTSA urges those owners to park their pickups and immediately contact the automaker to schedule appointments to get those airbags replaced. In January NHTSA said these midsized trucks present “an immediate risk to safety,” before issuing its rare do-not-drive warning. Ford and Mazda expanded the number of vehicles covered by the warning in February.

ConsumerReports, excerpt posted on  SouthFloridaReporter.com, May 9, 2018 

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