MAZDA RECALLS CARS OVER POTENTIALLY DEFECTIVE AIRBAGS
MAZDA last week started a recall of 374 000 cars in the U.S. that had been fitted with potentially defective airbags made by Takata Corp (7312.T).
The Japanese automaker said the latest recall was prompted after Takata said testing showed additional airbag inflators could be prone to ruptures. The expanded recall includes the 2003-2008 Mazda6, the 2006-2007 MazdaSpeed6 and the 2004 RX8.
Takata airbag recalls have been linked to nine deaths and more than 100 injuries stemming from airbag inflators that ruptured and sent metal fragments flying.
The airbag safety recalls are among the largest in U.S. automotive history, encompassing 23 million air bag inflators in 19 million vehicles manufactured by 12 car companies.
Last month, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said Honda Motor, Fuji Heavy Industries Subaru unit, and Mazda would add thousands of vehicles to the massive recall campaigns based on additional inflator testing.