Mazda Expands Takata Airbag Recall – More RX-8, B-Series, BT-50 Models

The Takata airbag recall appears to be growing by the day, with Mazda the latest carmaker to add further variants to the list of targeted vehicles.

Mazda launched an initial recall program in June last year, which included around 80,000 Mazda6s, RX-8s, E-Series vans, T-Series cab-chassis and B-Series pickups – all sold between August 2002 and November 2007.

Also affected were Mazda6s sold between July 2005 and March 2009 under a separate recall.

Now, Mazda has added new Vehicle Identification Numbers (VINs) for its B-Series pickup (B2500, B2600), BT-50 pickup and the RX-8 performance coupe.

The new list carries on largely from where the old list ceased, as models in this latest recall were sold between 2007 and 2011. That means the new on-sale date range now stretches from August 2002 to October 2011.

As with the other Takata recalls, the issue surrounds the airbag inflator casing, which can rupture when the airbag deploys.

If this was to occur, metal fragments from the casing may strike occupants in the cabin resulting in injury or even death.

Both Nissan and Honda have also expanded their Takata recall programs in recent weeks. The industry-wide cost of this failed component from a single external supplier, affecting so many manufacturers, is a disaster now running into billions.

Mazda will attempt to contact affected owners shortly, but any owner wishing to learn more about the latest round of recalls should contact their local dealer.

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