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IN 2015, many Ja­panese au­tomak­ers, in­clud­ing Mazda South Africa, re­called lo­cal mod­els fit­ted with de­fec­tive Takata airbags.

Now, Mazda has ex­tended its re­call fol­low­ing an in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

“Mazda has an­nounced a global re­call cov­er­ing a wider man­u­fac­tur­ing pe­riod in or­der to place the high­est pri­or­ity on the safety of Mazda cus­tomers.

“... although no cases of ab­nor­mal de­ploy­ment or dan­ger­ous flaws have been found in any Mazda ve­hi­cles in the course of the in­ves­tiga­tive re­call, the con­cern had deemed an ex­tended for­mal re­call cam­paign nec­es­sary.

“To date ... an ad­di­tional es­ti­mated 19 000 units are af­fected in South Africa,” Mazda SA said.

Af­fected units are Mazda2, Mazda6 and RX­8 ve­hi­cles pro­duced from 2003 with VIN num­bers start­ing with MM6DE, JM6GG and JMZSE.

These in­clude Mazda2, Mazda6 and Mazda RX­8 ve­hi­cles equipped with the “PSDI­4” driver­side air bag in­fla­tor, the “SDI­160” driver side air bag in­fla­tor, or the “SPI”, “SDI­230” and the “PSPI” pas­sen­ger­side air bag in­fla­tors.”

Mazda said the re­call is due to an in­ap­pro­pri­ate pro­duc­tion con­di­tion and stor­age of the pro­pel­lant in the in­fla­tor.

“The den­sity of the pro­pel­lant may be in­suf­fi­cient in the in­fla­tor. This might cause the pro­pel­lant to ig­nite ab­nor­mally at the time of airbag de­ploy­ment and po­ten­tially re­sult in ex­tremely high in­ner pres­sure of the in­fla­tor caus­ing a rup­ture of the in­fla­tor case.

“In a case of a rup­ture, the airbag might not de­ploy as de­signed and may lead to in­jury.”

Mazda SA urged all own­ers with pos­si­bly af­fected Mazda2, Mazda6 and Mazda RX­8 ve­hi­cles to con­tact the Mazda SA Dealer Net­work or the Mazda SA Cus­tomer Care Cen­tre at 086 006 9700

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