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Mazda to Make Takata Recall National

Destiny Baker2 years ago

Mazda Motor Corp. has announced that it will be expanding its recall for vehicles equipped with faulty Takata airbags to cover vehicles sold across the United States.

Previous recalls were limited to regions with high humidity.

Regional Recalls Vs National Recalls

According to Fox News, Mazda’s decision to make the Takata recall a national matter will likely raise the total number of affected vehicles to 330,000 – up from the 87,000 vehicles previously reported.

The announcement came Wednesday and followed a similar decision by Japanese competetor, Honda. To date, Honda has recalled 5.4 million vehicles in the U.S.

Reports indicate that the airbags, which were used by 10 different automakers, can explode upon deployment, spraying sharp metal fragments and pieces of plastic throughout vehicle cabins. So far, five deaths and more than 100 injuries have been linked to the faulty airbags. Multiple lawsuits have been filed accross the nation.

Japanese supplier Takata Corp. has continued to state that recalls should be limited to select regions, alleging high humidity is a key factor in the defect; however, several instances of airbag explosions have occurred in low humidity areas, including northern California and Oklahoma. Conversely, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has demanded that all affected automakers expand any current Takata-related recalls to cover the entire country.

Takata claims that it has found production errors and other defects related to the airbags, but has not yet identified a root cause for the airbag explosions.

Affected Mazda Vehicles

The following Mazda vehicles have been recalled in connection with the faulty Takata airbags:

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

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