758 utes caught up in latest airbag campaign
Mazda Australia has recalled the B4000, better known as the Bravo, two-wheel drive ute as part of the ever-growing Takata airbag saga.
As affected airbag inflators age, a combination of high temperatures and humidity can make the propellant degrade. If the car is involved in a collision and the airbags trigger, metal fragments can shoot out and injure or kill occupants.
A total of 758 utes are included in the recall, sold between October 28, 2005 and October 31, 2007 – a VIN list is attached here.
Mazda is calling for affected owners to contact their local dealership, or Mazda Australia head office using this link. Alternatively, concerned owners can call 1800 931 024 during business hours for more information.
Faulty Takata airbags have been linked to 19 deaths globally, including one in Australia, along with some 200 injuries. While 12 manufacturers have already issued recall notices for around 4 million vehicles in Australia, the government wants further action to be taken.
Owners who think their vehicle could be affected should check to see if their unit's make, model and vehicle identification number (VIN) are listed on the Product Safety Australia website.