Mazda has issued a recall for nearly 270,000 vehicles that are equipped with defective Takata airbags which can explode upon deployment.
According to a release on Mazda’s website, the recalled airbags are defective and dangerous, posing a hazard to drivers and passengers. The recalled airbags can deploy with excess force, causing the airbags to explode and send metal shrapnel into the cabin.
Mazda encourages affected owners to take immediate action to have their vehicles repaired. Repairs will be made at no cost to the customer; however, parts for some newly added vehicles are not yet available.
The following vehicles are include in the recall:
The Takata recalls deal with some 125 million vehicles worldwide that are equipped with faulty airbags that can explode on deployment, unleashing metal shrapnel into vehicle cabins. At least 42 million of the affected vehicles were sold in the United States.
So far, 22 deaths and hundreds of injuries have been linked to the faulty airbag inflators, most of which have occurred in the U.S.
The defect led Takata to file for bankruptcy protection in June, allowing it to sell its non-airbag inflator business to Key Safety Systems, a unit of China’s Ningo Joyson Electric Corp.
Earlier this month, U.S. Senators called for a congressional hearing dealing with the defective airbags and resulting recalls.
According to Senator Jerry Moran, the hearing would review the “current manufacturer recall completion rates, the Takata bankruptcy and transition to new ownership under Key Safety Systems, and what all stakeholders including NHTSA are doing to ensure this process continues to move forward.”
To date, less than half of affected vehicles have been repaired.
In February, Ford issued a “stop driving” warning to 35,000 Ford ranger and Mazda B-Series owners.
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