Mazda is the latest automaker to announce recalls due to faulty air bags in the massive Takata action that is expected to expand to approximately 33.8 million vehicles. According to recent statements, Mazda will be recalling approximately 540,000 vehicles (cars as well as pickup trucks) all across the US and Canada.
This recall is caused by an airbag flaw which puts the car’s airbag at risk of exploding if subjected to too much force. The defect may be linked to a specific chemical propellant found in the airbags. It contributes to the fast inflation of the airbag upon impact.
Both driver and passenger air bags are being targeted and according to documents posted by national and Canadian safety regulators, Takata will be recalling approximately half a million cars (with driver’s air bag issues) and approximately 35,000 (for passenger air bag issues).
The cars being recalled for the front driver’s side airbags are all 2003 to 2008 Mazda6 models produced between the 29th of May 2002 and the 5th of May 2008 as well as Mazda RX-8 2004 through 2008 models produced between the 10th of April 2003 and the 18th of February 2008. Additionally, 2006 to 2007 Mazdaspeed6 models produced between August 2005 and June 2007 are also being recalled.
Where pickup trucks are concerned, Mazda will be recalling vehicles built between the 17th of April 2003 and the second of May 2006 in all 2004 to 2006 Mazda B Series (for passenger side airbag faults).
This issue has already caused serious injuries among Mazda drivers. The airbags installed in the aforementioned models, when subjected to massive force, can explode and spew shrapnel towards passengers. Six people were killed and over 100 were injured in faulty airbag explosion incidents.
Together with the 540,000 vehicles being recalled in the US and Canada, Mazda will be recalling a total of 2.02 million cars worldwide and the crisis only seems to be deepening for the Tokyo-based air-bag supplier.
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