Mazda has added another 117,000 vehicles to the growing numbers affected by the Takata airbag recall, to now include 2003-12 Mazda6s, 2004 RX-8s, 2004-05 MPVs and 2007-12 CX-7 and CX-9 utilities.
To refresh your memory, the recall concerns airbag modules fabricated by the Takata Corporation, a parts supplier to just about every manufacturer in the global auto industry. Fabricated at Takata’s Mexican subsidiary, the airbag modules feature ammonium-nitrate inflators that are susceptible to moisture contamination and could rupture when the airbag is deployed, resulting in metal pieces being fired at cabin occupants, particularly dangerous and/or lethal to front-seat occupants.
The latest round of Mazda vehicles is being carried out in two parts. Both affect vehicles that had been previously repaired with temporary fixes involving “like for like” replacements (which featured desiccated ammonium-nitrate inflators to negate moisture) until parts could be secured to effect permanent replacements, which are now ready be carried out.
One part affects 2009-2012 Mazda6, 2007-2012 CX-7 and 2007-2012 CX-9 vehicles; the second affects 2003-2008 Mazda6, 2006-2007 Mazdaspeed6, and 2004-2005 MPV, and 2004 RX-8 vehicles.
At the moment, the recall affects a total of 116,932 vehicles, all in the US and federalized territories. There are also an unsubstantiated number of vehicles affected in the Japanese domestic market, with vehicles in other markets expected to be recalled at future dates.