NHTSA Sounds The Alarm On Low Completion Rates On “Do Not Drive” Warning

May 7, 2018

44 percent of the 33,320 impacted 2006 Ford Rangers and 55 percent of the 2,205 impacted Mazda B-Series trucks have been mitigated

Heidi King, Deputy Administrator, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

(Washington D.C., Monday, May 7, 2018) – 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. These vehicles are under a “do not drive” warning and the airbags 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.

According to the manufacturers, 44 percent of the 33,320 impacted 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 for free, so consumers can safely obtain the free repair.

Heidi King, Deputy Administrator of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, explains the importance of the recall.

SOUNDBITE #1:

THERE IS A ‘DO NOT DRIVE’ WARNING ON CERTAIN TWO THOUSAND SIX FORD RANGERS AND MAZDA B-SERIES TRUCKS. IF YOU ARE AFFECTED BY THE ‘DO NOT DRIVE’ RECALL, CONTACT YOUR LOCAL DEALERSHIP RIGHT NOW. THEY WILL TOW YOUR CAR FOR FREE AND THEY WILL REPAIR IT FOR FREE. YOUR LIFE MAY DEPEND ON IT.

SOUNDBITE #2:

THERE ARE NEARLY FOURTEEN-THOUSAND TWO THOUSAND SIX FORD RANGERS AND TWO THOUSAND SIX MAZDA B-SERIES TRUCKS THAT HAVE AIRBAGS THAT CAN LITERALLY EXPLODE. THIS IS NO JOKE. IT’S TIME TO GET THESE UNSAFE AIRBAGS REPLACED IMMEDIATELY. PLEASE TAKE ACTION TODAY.

For more information, visit NHTSA.gov.

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