PICK­UPS JOIN DO-NOT-DRIVE LIST

Ottawa Citizen - - FP -

Ford and Mazda are adding more than 35,000 pickup trucks in North Amer­ica to a list of ve­hi­cles that should not be driven be­cause they have Takata airbag in­fla­tors with a high risk of ex­plod­ing. The warn­ing in­cludes 33,428 Ranger and 1,955 Mazda B - Se­ries small pick­ups from 2006 model year, ac­cord­ing to both com­pa­nies. Ford, which made the B - Se­ries for Mazda, found test re­sults show­ing that the trucks had in­fla­tors that rup­tured or recorded high in­ter­nal pres­sure read­ings, spokes­woman El­iz­a­beth Weigandt said Mon­day. The com­pa­nies and the U.S. Na­tional High­way Traf­fic Safety Ad­min­is­tra­tion said deal­ers will tow the pick­ups to ser­vice bays to re­place the faulty in­fla­tors and pro­vide loaner ve­hi­cles. Parts for the re­pairs al­ready are avail­able. Rangers added to the do-not-drive list were built be­tween Aug. 5 and Dec. 15, 2005.

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