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Mazda Expands Takata Airbag Recall to Gulf States

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 12/5/2014 Erick Ayapana

Mazda announced it will expand its recall on cars equipped with faulty Takata airbag inflators. Other automakers including Chrysler, Ford, and Honda made similar moves following the availability of more details regarding the Takata airbag crisis.

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Mazda says it’s expanding its regional recall, which previously included high-humidity regions of Florida, Hawaii, and Puerto Rico. Now, the automaker has expanded the recall to all Gulf Coast states including Georgia, Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Texas. 2006 Mazda6© Provided by MotorTrend 2006 Mazda6

The move increases Mazda’s tally of Takata recall-affected vehicles to approximately 86,773, which is about 52,000 more than the automaker’s initial recall executed during the summer. Vehicles include model-year 2003-2007 Mazda6, 2004-2008 RX-8, 2006-2007 Mazdaspeed6, and 2004 MPV vehicles.

Mazda will continue to rely on Takata for replacement parts, though a timetable still needs to be established.

Additionally, Mazda has agreed to join Toyota’s initiative to further test and research the airbag crisis. Toyota earlier this week reached out to all affected automakers stating that a collaborative effort would more quickly and accurately identify vehicles affected by the faulty airbag inflators. Honda has also agreed to join in the effort. 2008 Mazda RX 8© Provided by MotorTrend 2008 Mazda RX 8

As previously reported, federal regulators are urging Takata to expand the recall to include all U.S. states rather than just high-humidity regions. Takata, however, says there isn’t enough evidence to support expanding the recall nationally.

When deployed, the flawed airbag inflator could cause excess pressure, leading the inflator to rupture and spray shrapnel throughout the cabin, potentially causing injury or death to passengers. Takata found that the problem could be caused by moisture reaching the inflator propellant, an issue exacerbated by humid weather. 2006 Mazda6© Provided by MotorTrend 2006 Mazda6

This week alone has seen a number of automaker significantly expand their airbag recalls. Chrysler Group, for example, recalled 149,150 Ram trucks, while Ford recalled 38,500 more vehicles, including its Ranger pickup truck. Meanwhile, Reuters reports that Honda is preparing to recall at least 135,000 vehicles in Japan. At least 17 million vehicles have been affected globally, with approximately 2.6 million recalled in Japan and about 11 million in the U.S.

Source: Mazda, Reuters

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