Mazda Australia has announced a recall of a further 79,919 cars due to a potential flaw with their Takata airbags — an issue it shares with a growing list of car-makers worldwide.
Australia’s top-selling full importer, Mazda, posted three separate recall notices on the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) website today.
The first affects the following vehicles sold between August 22, 2002 and November 19, 2007: Mazda 6 sedan, Mazda 6 wagon/hatch, RX-8, E-Series Van, T-Series Cab Chassis, B2500 ute/cab chassis and B2600 ute/cab chassis.
Excessive internal pressure could potentially be created in the driver airbag inflator at the time of airbag deployment. As a result, the body of the inflator may rupture upon deployment, and may create metallic fragments that could contact an occupant.
The second recall affects Mazda 6 models sold between July 29, 2005 and November 19, 2007. The recall issue is the same as above, but affects both driver and passenger airbags.
The third recall involves Mazda 6 models sold between April 28, 2006 and March 30, 2009, but affects just the passenger airbag.
You can get a full list of VINs for affected cars from the ACCC here.
The Mazda announcement is just the latest in a long line of Takata airbag recalls from a long list of different Japanese, North American and European brands. The campaign is now the biggest in history, with something like 700,000 cars in Australia affected and perhaps 60 million worldwide — with as many as seven deaths (none in Australia) attributed.
Read a breakdown of other vehicles affected here, from brands including Toyota, Honda, Chrysler and Subaru.
In each recall, Mazda Australia will contact all affected customers by mail as soon as parts become available. Consumers who require further information should contact Mazda Customer Support on 1800 034 411.
It is unclear when Takata will be able to provide replacement parts. In the case of Toyota, it might not be until early 2016. We’ll keep you posted as soon as we know more.