The Witness - Wheels - - MOTORING -

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.

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