Mazda is recalling 444,907 vehicles over a faulty driver-side airbag. The recall is part of the ongoing Takata airbag fiasco.
The defect: affected vehicles are equipped with a dual-stage driver frontal air bag that may be susceptible to moisture intrusion and other factors, including manufacturing variability that, over time, could cause the inflator to rupture.
The hazards: in the event of a crash necessitating deployment of the driver’s frontal air bag, the inflator could rupture with metal fragments striking the driver or other occupants and resulting in serious injury or death.
|MANUFACTURER||MODEL YEARS||MAKE||MODEL||PRODUCTION RANGE|
|MAZDA NORTH AMERICAN OPERATIONS||2003-2006||MAZDA||MAZDA6||MAY 29, 2002 – MAY 5, 2008|
|MAZDA NORTH AMERICAN OPERATIONS||2004-2008||MAZDA||RX-8||APRIL 10, 2003 – FEBRUARY 18, 2008|
|MAZDA NORTH AMERICAN OPERATIONS||2006-2007||MAZDA||MAZDASPEED6||AUGUST 4, 2005 – JUNE 29, 2007|
Number of vehicles affected: 444,907.
The fix: Mazda will notify owners, and dealers will replace the driver-side frontal air bag inflator, free of charge.
Owners should: Mazda not yet provided a notification schedule.
Customers looking to find out if their vehicle is included in this Mazda recall should visit mazdausa.com and click on Owners and then on Recalls.
Customers can then enter their Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) to see any open recalls as well as customer satisfaction programs. If the vehicle is part of the recall, customers should take it to an authorized Mazda dealer.
Owners may contact Mazda customer service with questions by using the following information.
- Mazda Customer Service: 1-800-222-5500
- Mazda Recall Number: 7914J
- NHTSA Toll Free: 1-888-327-4236
- NHTSA (TTY): 1-800-424-9153
- NHTSA Website: www.safecar.gov
- NHTSA Recall Number: 15V345000
Notes: this recall supersedes recall 14V344 in its entirety. Additionally, vehicles that have had their driver’s frontal air bag replaced previously as part of a recall remedy need to have their air bag replaced under this recall as well.