Mazda is the latest Japanese carmaker to issue a mass recall on models fitted with Takata airbags as the saga continues to unfold.
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 – are affected, along with a separate recall targeting Mazda6s sold between July 2005 and March 2009.
Over 34 million vehicles with Takata airbags have been recalled worldwide to date, as the airbag inflator units can rupture during deployment causing potentially lethal metal fragments to strike passengers in the vehicle.
Mazda’s latest recalls add to a growing list of models affected by the saga, which has also seen 130,000 Hondas, 33,000 Subarus and a combined 300,000 Toyotas and Nissans recalled in Australia in recent weeks.
And now, Honda can add its 2003-2006 MDX and 2001-2006 Accord models to the list, as they have also been recalled to deal with Takata airbags on the driver’s side.
Nissan has amended its Takata airbag recall as well, with 16,092 vehicles built between April and December 2003, along with 98,915 vehicles built between January 2004 and March 2007 now being recalled.
The affected models are the N16 Pulsar, Y61 Patrol, D22 Navara, J31 Maxima and T30 X-Trail.
Also affected by the same airbag issue are Chrysler 300 models built between 2005 and 2010, which have now joined the Takata recall list in Australia.
Chrysler is also recalling its Grand Voyager built between 2008 and 2010 due to a potential ignition switch problem, which may see the switch unintentionally shift to ‘Accessories’ during driving; shutting the engine off.
Dodge is recalling its 2009 and 2010 Journey for the same reason.
The Dodge and Chrysler ignition recalls replace a previous recall which targeted the same or similar issues, and vehicles already attended to under the previous recall will need to be seen to again.
Lexus is recalling its NX200t variant built between December 2014 and February 2015, due to a potential problem with the anti-lock brakes (ABS).
The actuator may have been damaged during assembly, and may not operate as intended when ABS is required.
Jeep is recalling its 2006 Cherokee and Wrangler models, fitted with manual transmissions.
The clutch may contain a fatigued return spring, which could allow the vehicle to be started without the clutch pedal being depressed; causing unintended movement.
Smart is recalling 26 of its ForTwo city cars, sold between January and August 2014.
Bolts used to secure the steering rack to the vehicle cross member may be incorrect, and may break in certain circumstances.
Subaru is recalling its 2015 Liberty and Outback models, equipped with pre-collision braking (PCB) and adaptive cruise control (ACC).
Due to a software issue, a brake lamp switch failure could affect the performance of the PCB system, or prevent the brakes from being applied when ACC is active.
Other recalls include:
- Selected Honda CRF230F motorcycles due to possible cracking in the rear suspension swing-arm
- A total of 291 Freightliner trucks with Cummins ISX engines sold between September 2011 and January 2015 due to a potential exhaust problem
- Volvo is recalling various UD trucks due to potential inner hub bearing problems
- Selected Jayco caravans with chassis numbers between T42094 and T80797 as the spare wheel bracket may separate from the bumper bar
- A total of 3671 Mitsubishi Fuso Canter trucks sold between March 2011 and April 2013 due to a potential fuel pump problem.
- Also, 2886 Fuso Canter trucks sold between March 2011 and April 2014 are being recalled due to a potential weakness with an oil cooler hose.
The relevant manufacturers 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.