WASHINGTON – Mazda North American Operations is recalling 374,519 2003-’08 Mazda 6, 2006-’07 Mazdaspeed 6 and 2004 Mazda RX-8 vehicles nationwide due to potentially defective front-passenger-side airbags made by Takata, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
This is an expansion of a previous Mazda recall for Takata airbags.
“The inflators in the front-passenger airbags are susceptible to rupture in the event of a crash necessitating the deployment of the front-passenger airbag,” said NHTSA in its recall summary. “The inflator could rupture with metal fragments striking the vehicle occupants, potentially resulting in serious injury or death.”
Mazda told federal safety regulators the recall expansion was prompted by recent Takata tests that showed additional airbag inflators may be prone to ruptures.
The ongoing Takata airbag recalls are connected to nine deaths and more than 100 injuries.
The affected Mazda 6 vehicles were built from May 29, 2002 to May 5, 2008. The affected Mazdaspeed 6 vehicles were built from July 1, 2005 to June 29, 2007 and a limited production of RX-8 vehicles were built from June 25, 2003 to June 30, 2003.
Mazda dealers will replace the passenger’s frontal airbag with a new one. The recall is expected to begin in January. Owners can contact Mazda customer service at 1-800-222-5500 for more information.
The Takata airbag recalls involve 23 million airbag inflators in 19 million vehicles made by 12 car companies, according to NHTSA.
Edmunds says: If you own one of these Mazda vehicles, it’s important to get in touch with your dealer now for more details about the repair.