MAZDA RECALLS MODELS WITH FAULTY AIRBAGS
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