Mazda North American Operations has recalled nearly 375,000 additional vehicles over a discovery that more air bag inflators made by Takata Corp. could be defective. Vehicles being recalled include Mazda’s 2004 model RX-8, 2003 to 2008 model Mazda 6 and 2006 to 2007 Mazdaspeed6, according to National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) documents, totaling 374,519 cars in all. Mazda previously recalled 540,000 of the same models in June, but found recently that additional vehicles may be prone to air bag rupture. The inflators in the front passenger air bags are susceptible to rupture in the event of a crash necessitating the deployment of the front passenger air bag. In the event of a crash … the inflator could rupture, with metal fragments striking the vehicle occupants, potentially resulting in serious injury or death.
About 280,000 Mazda 6 cars in China were also recalled in September over the same air bag issue. Mazda’s latest recall is barely a blip on the radar screen when you consider the almost 20 million vehicles were recalled in recent months by a dozen automakers attempting to avoid additional harm from Takata’s faulty air bags, causing deaths and injuries. The affected vehicles contain a total of nearly 23 million air bag inflators that need to be replaced, and roughly 4 million of those vehicles have defective air bags on both the driver’s side and the passenger’s side, which regulators have said are at greater risk of exploding with age and exposure to high humidity.
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