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Mazda Adds 40,000 Vehicles to Takata Recall

Destiny Baker2 years ago

Mazda has announced plans to expand their recall of cars and trucks equipped with faulty Takata airbags to cover an additional 40,000 vehicles.

About the Expanded Mazda Recall

Car Complaints reports that Mazda will be expanding their recall of vehicles equipped with potentially defective airbags manufactured by Takata, but warns that the expanded recall still does not meet demands made by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

In October 2014, Mazda announced that it would be recalling several model-year cars and trucks in connection with the airbag issue. The announcement came after reports that the airbags can explode upon deployment, sending sharp metal fragments throughout vehicle cabins and potentially injuring or killing vehicle occupants.

However, Mazda limited their recall to vehicles sold in Florida, Hawaii, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands due to reports from Takata that instances of airbag ruptures were limited to regions known for high humidity.

NHTSA has since ordered that all automakers expand any existing Takata airbag recalls to cover vehicles sold across the nation in response to instances of airbag ruptures occurring in less humid areas, including northern California and Oklahoma.

Despite these orders, Mazda says it will only be recalling vehicles sold in Florida, Puerto Rico, Hawaii, Saipan, Guam, American Samoa, U.S. Virgin Islands, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Texas.

Affected Mazda Models

Models currently included in Mazda’s Takata recall are:

  • 2003-2007 Mazda6
  • 2004-2008 RX-8
  • 2006-2007 Mazdaspeed6
  • 2004-2005 MPV
  • 2004 B-Series 

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