On Tuesday, Mazda claimed that a further 156,000 crossover SUVs and cars could be subject to a massive recall. The recall is designed to replace multiple airbag components deemed defective, which were all built by Takata, an automotive supplier.
The Mazda vehicles listed earlier are affected by the newest set of recalls, which include passenger-side airbag inflation devices that can explode during a crash. During a crash where the airbag explodes, shrapnel could be hurled toward the passengers and driver.
While no studies have been done yet as to how many passengers have suffered because of the airbag issue, automakers everywhere are trying to be proactive and prevent unnecessary death or injury. In fact, the Takata recall affects almost every automaker in the world. The defective inflators on the airbags can degrade in high-humidity climates or climates with excessive temperature cycling (such as those that start off cool in the morning, get hot in the afternoon, and get cool again at night).
Of course, every vehicle isn’t affected, and this newest recall seems to affect vehicles that have been in or were sold in particular states. Mazda has said that dealers are aware of the issue and which vehicles are recalled. Owners should receive notifications from Mazda by mid-November through the mail. Of course, the faulty components in the airbags are replaced at no cost to the owner.
The Takata airbag recall includes approximately 40 million vehicles that were sold across the globe, a number which is likely to continue growing as automakers realize the danger and try to be proactive to prevent significant bodily harm or death.