Mazda is recalling 27,149 B-Series trucks over a faulty passenger-side airbag. The recall is part of the ongoing Takata airbag fiasco, with the same issue also impacting the B-Series’ Ford-badged twin — the Ford Ranger as part of this recall.
The defect: affected vehicles are equipped with a passenger side frontal air bag that may be susceptible to moisture intrusion which, over time, could cause the inflator to rupture upon deployment.
The hazards: in the event of a crash necessitating deployment of the passenger’s frontal air bag, the inflator could rupture with metal fragments striking the vehicle occupants, potentially resulting in serious injury or death.
Affected vehicles: 2004-2006 Mazda B-series light trucks manufactured from April 17, 2003, through May 2, 2006.
Number of vehicles affected: 27,149.
The fix: Mazda will notify owners, and dealers will replace the passenger-side air bag inflator, free of charge.
The recalls is expected to begin by the end of July 2015.
Owners should: 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: 8315F
- NHTSA Toll Free: 1-888-327-4236
- NHTSA (TTY): 1-800-424-9153
- NHTSA Website: www.safecar.gov
- NHTSA Recall Number: 15V346000
Notes: this recall expands and partially supersedes recall 14V773 as to the model year 2004 through 2006 Mazda B-series vehicles only.