The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) issued a second “Do Not Drive” warning for Ford and Mazda pickup truck owners. According to NHTSA, 2006 Ford Ranger and Mazda B-Series pickup trucks contain Takata airbag inflators that have an increased risk of exploding.
Takata airbag inflators, which are at the center of the largest automotive recall in history, can explode and send metal shrapnel into vehicle cabins. These airbag inflators are responsible for more than 20 deaths worldwide. Countless others have suffered serious injuries.
Am I Affected by NHTSA’s Do Not Drive Warning?
You can check if the recall affects your pickup truck by entering your vehicle identification number (VIN) into NHTSA’s website. Your 17-digit VIN can typically be found on your insurance card, title or dashboard. NHTSA’s website may let you know if your vehicle has unfixed recalls, including for Takata airbags.
You could also contact your dealership and ask them if your vehicle contains an unfixed recall. In addition, there is a chance that you already received a recall notice from Ford or Mazda in the mail.
Once you have determined that your pickup truck has an unfixed recall, you can take it to your nearest Ford or Mazda dealership for free repairs. You should not drive the truck to the dealership. Ford and Mazda will tow your vehicle for free if you are affected by the “Do Not Drive” warning. Both automakers said they have the parts available to conduct repairs.
San Jose Auto Defect Attorneys Explain Compensation for Takata Airbag Injuries
Automakers must ensure their products do not contain safety defects. When these products cause harm, victims or their family members may be able to recover compensation for injuries or losses.
If an auto defect caused you or a loved one harm, then you should speak to an attorney to determine whether it would be possible to recover compensation. The San Jose auto defect attorneys at Bohn & Fletcher offer free consultations. You can reach us by dialing (408) 279-4222 or by using our confidential case review form.