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Pickup Trucks: Ford, Mazda Expand 'Do Not Drive' Recall of 2006 Ranger, B-Series Pickups

Ford has announced a second high-priority recall involving approximately 30,600 model-year 2006 Ranger compact pickup trucks equipped with Takata non-dessicated airbag inflators. Ford is urging owners to immediately stop driving Rangers built at the Twin Cities Assembly Plant in Minnesota from Aug. 10, 2005, to Dec. 15, 2005, and from Aug. 5, 2005, to Nov. 4, 2005. Reuters is reporting that approximately 1,800 Mazda B-Series compact pickups built by Ford also are covered under this recall. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration calls the trucks an "immediate risk to safety" and recommends owners stop driving them immediately and get them repaired.

Ford and Mazda issued a stop driving warning in Januaryand continued testing affected trucks; these additional recalls are a result of that testing. The Takata airbag inflators in these pickups have a higher risk of rupturing in the event of a crash than other Ranger and B-Series pickups.

Parts are now available to repair the pickups. Dealers will get the trucks directly from owners and provide a loaner if necessary, all free of charge. To find out if your Ranger is affected, check your vehicle identification number on the VIN checker at Ford's recall site. The Ford reference number for this recall is 18S02. Owners of B-Series pickups can use the VIN checker at Mazda's recall site. Owners also can call Ford at 866-436-7332 and Mazda at 800-222-5500.

For a full list of all vehicles included in the Takata airbag inflator recall, click here.

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