airbags, Recalls, Uncategorized

NHTSA Issues Consumer Safety Advisory

NHTSA recall

Ford and Mazda announced they are expanding their ‘do not drive warning’ to include additional MY 2006 Ford Ranger and Mazda B-Series trucks with defective Takata air bags based on new testing, according to a NHTSA notice released today.

These vehicles have defective Takata air bags that are an immediate risk to safety. Affected owners are urged not to drive these vehicles and to contact Ford and Mazda immediately to schedule a free repair. Ford and Mazda have replacement air bags available now and will tow vehicles to a local dealership for repair, and provide loaner vehicles – all free of charge.

NHTSA is calling on the media, safety advocates and the public to help spread this urgent safety message to ensure it reaches owners. NHTSA will continue to ensure all consumers are kept informed of current and future recalls.

To stay informed and safe, NHTSA urges all drivers to take the following five actions.

  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.

Stay connected with NHTSA: Search for open recalls with NHTSA.gov/Recalls| Download the Safercar Mobile App for Apple or Android devices | Receive recall alerts by e-mail | Visit us on Facebook.com/NHTSA| Follow on Twitter.com/NHTSA.gov | Watch 5-Star Safety Ratings crash tests onYouTube.com/USDOTNHTSA.

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