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2006 Ford Ranger Owners Should Park Their Vehicles

The Takata air bag recall is still far from over. Not only is there a problem with manufacturing all the replacement parts the millions and millions of affected vehicles need, companies are still discovering new batches of vehicles that have faulty air bags. Now there’s a new recall, and it’s a priority: owners of the 2006 Ford Ranger and Mazda B-Series should avoid driving their vehicles anywhere unless they know their air bags are fixed.

The Takata Troubles

Takata was a Japanese company that built standardized parts for just about all the major car companies. These items included air bags, but the company cut corners and for over a decade they sold bags with faulty inflators. The inflators used a chemical that would break down when exposed to high temperature levels and high moisture over the years, and eventually if an accident happened the metal container would burst and send shrapnel into the driver’s face instead of a cloth bag.

The recalls began in 2013, and in 2014 the NHTSA expanded the recalls thanks to an investigation. The recalls came in waves since Takata manufacturing plants didn’t keep good records of who bought their products, so it was up to the automakers to track down which vehicles had the faulty air bags. Takata would eventually plead guilty to knowing about the defects while selling them to automakers, and ultimately it owed more in compensation than the company could afford and so it filed for bankruptcy and had its assets sold to the competition in 2017.

The Priority Problems

Around 37 million vehicles built by dozens of manufacturers over a decade have been affected by the Takata air bag recall, and between them 50 million faulty inflators need replacing. This incredible number means the Takata recall is the biggest safety recall in history, and thanks to that not every dealership has all the kits they need to repair all the vehicles in their area. The supply situation is much better now than it was a few years ago, but manufacturers are still having to prioritize hot and humid states like Florida and “alpha bags” that have the highest chance of exploding.

The “alpha air bags” are the oldest and have gone through the most corrosion, making them the most likely to fail and injure or kill the occupant. The list includes Honda and Acura vehicles with model years between 2001 and 2003, and more recently the NHTSA has added certain 2006 Ford Rangers and Mazda B-Series vehicles. The majority of these vehicles have already been to a dealership and received their fix, but the remaining vehicles are still out there and still a danger to anyone driving them, especially if the driver lives in a southern state like Florida.

If you own a 2006 Ranger and you need a replacement for your Takata air bag, Ford recommends that you avoid driving it and will cover the cost of a tow to their nearest dealership as part of the free recall repair. Also, if you or a loved one suffered a severe injury or worse from a Takata air bag exploding, the company still has a settlement fund that will compensate your injury even though the company itself is gone.

Attorney David Goldman has a strong belief that everyone should be treated fairly and those with the means should do what they can to bring justice in all areas of our society. That belief has led him to help Florida's injured from being taken advantage of by corporations and insurance companies. Since 1989 David Goldman has been fighting for the rights of Floridians both as an attorney and by personally supporting our community.

2006 Ford Ranger Owners Should Park Their Vehicles

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