There are an estimated 28 000 Mazda’s with potentially defective airbags. Mazda South Africa has sent out a press release and print advertisements in regional and national newspapers for a recall. The recall relates to the Mazda2, Mazda6 and RX-8 models produced between 2002 and 2014.
Is my Mazda affected?
- Visit the Mazda website and enter the unique VIN number
- Contact the Mazda SA Customer Care Centre – 0860 983 000 / [email protected]
- Or simply visit the nearest Mazda dealership.
The extent of the recall
The Takata airbag recall is a huge recall that affects a number of manufacturers and millions of vehicles globally. And the South African recall is due to poor production conditions and storage of the propellant in the inflator. Thus causing the propellant to ignite abnormally at the time of airbag deployment. Potentially resulting in very high inner pressure causing a rupture of the inflator case. In a case of a rupture, the airbag might not deploy as designed and may lead to injury.
Thus far Mazda have not had an incident in South Africa and the recall is a precautionary measure. Only about 9% of Mazda drivers have responded so far. Mazda is concerned that the majority of customers haven’t come in for replacement fittings, therefore leaving many cars on the road with potentially defective airbags.
For this reason, Mazda has embarked on a recall awareness campaign. Mazda is reaching out to drivers via radio and digital platforms, and encouraging drivers to check if their vehicle is affected. Customers can visit their nearest dealership to have their vehicle airbag inflators replaced.
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