Mazda is preparing to recall 2018 CX-5 crossovers to address a potential problem with the side-air-curtain airbags’ not deploying as they are designed to.
The company has filed the appropriate paperwork with the US’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) regarding a safety concern with 682 CX-5s from 2018 model-year, whose side air-curtain airbags may not have been manufactured properly.
Testing has revealed that the airbags may not unfold properly during deployment, which means they wouldn’t inflate properly and, therefore, offer the required protection for occupants in a rollover situation, raising the risk of injury (potentially serious) to the outboard occupants.
Mazda is not aware of any incidents involving potentially affected vehicles, and has not offered any recall specifics, saying it will notify owners by mail to attend their nearest Mazda dealership to have the issue investigated and remedied, as needed).
The CX-5 has been previously recalled to re-route the hitch wiring harness away from the muffler, on the 2017 model, and various issues with 2016 models — corroded hatchgate struts, insufficiently-torqued steering knuckle bolts, a fuel-filler pipe that could rupture, and a loose windshield sensor bracket that could render the automatic braking feature inoperative.