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Ford and Mazda add vehicles to 'Do Not Drive' list over airbags

When you purchase a vehicle you expect it to function properly and be free of potentially fatal defects. However, this is not always the case. If American consumers have learned one thing about the massive Takata Airbag recall, which has affected millions of vehicles worldwide, it's that we can't always count on the safety of consumer products. In recent news, the Takata Airbag saga continues with Ford Motor Company putting even more vehicles on its 'Do Not Drive' list as a result of these potentially deadly airbags.

The 2006 Ford Rangers affected by this 'Do Not Drive' warning were already recalled in a different recall notice. Now, with the added instructions that drivers should not operate the vehicles, Ford has shown its seriousness with regard to the dangers these vehicles pose to drivers and their passengers. The pickup trucks involved in the recall were built between Aug. 5, 2005, and Dec. 15, 2005, and they were released as model-year 2006 vehicles. Mazda also issued the same 'Do Not Drive' warning relating to similarly-equipped model-year 2006 B-Series pickup trucks.

Ford and Mazda are taking the 'Do Not Drive' warning seriously. Both automakers have stated that they will repair the vehicles for free. They will also provide a towing service without charge so that consumers don't need to endanger themselves by driving their cars to the dealership for the repairs to be made.

American consumers have a legal right to expect safe products - and at the very least, not deadly products - whenever they make a purchase. Consumers injured by dangerous products therefore have the right to demand financial compensation for the costs and damages they have suffered as a result of injuries caused by dangerous products. If you or a loved one was hurt or killed by a defective automobile or automobile part, make sure you fully understand your legal rights and options.

Source: Steel Guru, "'Do Not Drive' warning to 33,000 more pickup trucks in North America - Ford Motor," accessed Feb. 16, 2018

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