The Japanese automaker has decided to service 41,918 units of the 2009-2010 Mazda6 in the United States due to a corroding danger for the airbag control unit, which may cause a non-deployment in case of an accident.
The vehicles have manufacturing dates between February 4, 2008 and December 3, 2009. The issue with the sedans has to do with the lack of sufficient protective coating on the airbag control unit’s power supply – allowing moisture to enter and trigger corrosion. With severe damage, the system could cause an airbag shut down and that would mean they won’t deploy in case of a crash. Mazda said a warning light would be triggered if the issue appears and there have been no reports of accidents or injuries.
Mazda discovered the problem on January 28, 2016, through supplier Continental-Japan and the headquarters discussed with Mazda North American – the division then opened an investigation. The NHTSA has ordered a recall and the automaker will replace the airbag control unit. The 2009-2011 Mazda6 is also part of the expanded recall for Takata’s airbag inflators – a well known problem that wrecked havoc among many automakers and millions of vehicles around the world.