US: Mazda recalls some B-Series trucks over Takata airbags issues

US: Mazda recalls some B-Series trucks over Takata airbags issues image

In the United States, Mazda has decided to recall again certain B-Series trucks with possible issues on Takata’s driver-side frontal airbag inflators.

After another thorough investigation on Takata’s faulty airbags, Mazda has decided to call back to dealers all 2004–2006 model year B-Series trucks that are fitted with driver-side frontal air bag inflators provided by the Japanese auto parts supplier. Approximately 19,000 vehicles are being affected by the newly announced safety campaign in the US, Puerto Rico and Saipan. The automaker said there have been no reports of accidents or injuries on the Mazda-badged vehicles subject to this action. This is the second recall involving the B-Series, as model year 2007-2009 trucks with Takata passenger-side frontal air bag inflators were part of the previous campaign. So far, there are 442,266 Mazda cars affected by defective driver’s frontal airbags and 416,475 vehicles with issues on the passenger’s frontal inflators. The automaker has been forced to recall until now the 2003-2008 Mazda6, 2004-2006 B-Series, 2006-2007 Mazdaspeed6, 2004-2008 RX-8 and 2004 MPVs.

The last action triggered by this deadly problem was one-month back, when Mazda said it would have to recall 374,000 cars in the United States, prompted by Takata’s testing that showed the inflators in the front passenger air bags are susceptible to rupture, with metal fragments flying throughout the cabin. The Japanese auto supplier revealed last week that another 5.1 million cars in the US have defective airbags, as Takata disclosed the existence of an 11th death that could be linked to the explosive inflators.

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