Ford has issued a critical warning that certain recalled model year 2006 Ford Rangers with defective Takata air bags are an immediate risk to safety. Affected owners are urged not to drive these vehicles and to contact Ford immediately to schedule a free repair. Ford announced that it will send mobile repair teams to owners’ homes, tow vehicles to a local dealership for repair, and provide loaner vehicles – all free of charge.
The National Highway Transportation and Safety Administration (NHTSA) is asking the media and the public to help spread the word. It’s critical that this message reaches all affected owners. NHTSA’s top priority is safety; it is extremely important that all high-risk air bags are tracked down and replaced immediately.
In addition, NHTSA urges consumers to not drive the following vehicles unless they are going straight to a dealer to have them repaired immediately:
- 2001-2002 Honda Civic
- 2001-2002 Honda Accord
- 2002-2003 Acura TL
- 2002 Honda CR-V
- 2002 Honda Odyssey
- 2003 Acura CL
- 2003 Honda Pilot
- Certain 2006 Ford Ranger (Ford advises do not drive)
- Certain 2006 Mazda B-Series (Mazda advises do not drive)
New test data on the defective Takata air bag inflators in these vehicles show a far higher risk of ruptures during air bag deployment than for other recalled Takata air bags.
If you own one of these vehicles, search the Recalls Lookup using your vehicle identification number (VIN) to confirm that the vehicle has an unaddressed recall and needs a repair. If it does, immediately call your dealer to schedule a free repair. Replacement parts for these vehicles are available.