Following a recall from Ford for 2006 Ranger compact pickups, Mazda is issuing a recall for its badge-engineered version, the B-Series for the same model year.
The recall concerns trucks equipped with non-desiccated Takata airbags not covered under the original recall that affected millions of vehicles worldwide from virtually all manufacturers. This recall follows the linking of two deaths in Ranger pickups to ruptured Takata steering wheel airbag inflators.
Mazda says the new recall affects vehicles with driver-side airbags that “show a far higher risk of ruptures during air bag deployment than for other recalled Takata air bags,” and has issued a “stop drive” notification to affected owners.
Mazda has no knowledge of incidents affecting the 160 pickups affected, and is strictly going on the 2006 Ford Ranger fatalities, which took place a year and half apart (in January 2016 and July 2017), involving vehicles with Takata inflators built on the same day. The Rangers were produced at Ford’s facility in St. Paul, Minnesota (where the B-Series was also assembled) between Aug. 10 and Dec. 15, 2005.
Mazda is asking affected B-Series owners to stop driving the pickups and contact Mazda Customer Experience Department at (800) 222-5500 to arrange the vehicle airbags to be replaced immediately. Ford is asking affected Ranger owners to stop driving call dealerships, which would make arrangements to pick up the vehicles for repairs, and leave loaners are necessary.