Mazda will re­call 1.6 mil. ve­hi­cles over ex­plod­ing airbags: com­pany

The China Post - - WORLD BUSINESS -

Ja­panese au­tomaker Mazda said it Fri­day it was re­call­ing an­other 1.6 mil­lion ve­hi­cles equipped with airbags at risk of in­jur­ing or killing pas­sen­gers, bring­ing its global to­tal to an es­ti­mated 2.02 mil­lion.

The firm said its lat­est re­call in­cluded 76,000 in Ja­pan and 465,000 ve­hi­cles in the United States for the model years 2003 through 2008, but did not dis­close where the re­main­ing ve­hi­cles were sold.

The an­nounce­ment marked the lat­est chap­ter in a snow­balling cri­sis for Tokyo-based airbag sup­plier Takata which last month agreed to dou­ble a U.S. re­call to a record of nearly 34 mil­lion ve­hi­cles.

The de­fect — thought to be linked to a chem­i­cal pro­pel­lant that helps in­flate the airbags — can cause them to deploy with ex­plo­sive force, send­ing metal shrap­nel hurtling to­ward driv­ers and pas­sen­gers.

At least six deaths and scores of in­juries have been linked to Takata-made airbags in cars made by al­most a dozen au­tomak­ers in­clud­ing Honda, Toy­ota, Gen­eral Mo­tors and BMW.

Mazda’s ex­panded U.S. re­call cov­ers the Mazda6 for the model years 2003 through 2008, the RX-8 from 2004-2008, the Maz­daspeed6 for 2006- 2007, and pickup truck Mazda B-se­ries from 2004-2006.

Shares in the Mazda were 1.05 per­cent lower at 2,689 yen in af­ter­noon trade Fri­day, while Takata lost 1.75 per­ent to 1,346 yen.

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