Mazda is one of 19 automakers that has issued a recall as part of the nationwide Takata recall.
This page discusses the Mazda recall and what affected owners should do.
Mazda Recall Quick Facts:
- Mazda has recalled seven models spanning from 2003 to 2015.
- The recall affects 1.16 million airbags installed in Mazda vehicles.
- Mazda knows of “several” injuries that have resulted from defective Takata airbags in its vehicles.
- Parts are not currently available in all zones.
- The recall involves both driver- and passenger-side airbags.
Updated: March 19, 2018
Sources: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Mazda & the Mazda Recall Information Center
The Issue with Takata Airbags
The problems with the Takata airbags stem from the propellant used to inflate the airbags. Takata used an ammonium nitrate compound without a necessary drying agent. Long-term exposure to humidity and high-heat can cause this volatile compound to degrade. If the airbag deploys during a car accident, the metal inflator housing can rupture, sending shrapnel through the airbag and into the cabin.
Mazda Takata Airbag Recall List
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), (as of March 2018), the models and model years of Mazda vehicles with defective airbag inflators include:
- 2004-2009 Mazda B-Series
- 2007-2012 Mazda CX-7
- 2007-2015 Mazda CX-9
- 2003-2015 Mazda6
- 2006-2007 Mazdaspeed6
- 2004-2006 Mazda MPV
- 2004-2011 Mazda RX-8
Please note that, given the unprecedented nature of the recall, this list is subject to change. The NHTSA has additional recalls scheduled (totaling between 65 and 70 million airbags by December 2019), and the automaker could add more airbags to the ongoing recall.
You can confirm the recall by locating your Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) and searching it in our Takata Airbag Recall Search.
Take Action to Repair or Replace Your Defective Airbags
Your local Mazda dealership will repair or replace your recalled Takata airbags for free. If you currently drive a Mazda with an open recall, we encourage you to contact your local dealer as soon as possible for servicing. In the event of a crash that triggers the airbags, these defective parts can put you and your passengers in extreme danger.
The injuries victims suffer are often catastrophic. Some first responders have said they believed the victims suffered gunshot or stab wounds. When you consider the speed at which an airbag deploys and the loose metal fragments of the fractured inflator capsule, it is no surprise how this type of injury can occur. To protect yourself and your family from potential injury, call Mazda for a replacement appointment today.
Note: According to the Mazda Recall Information Center, parts are not available for all vehicles in all zones, as of March 2018. You can check if parts are available on the Recall Information Center site.
Mazda Recall Completion Rates and Related Concerns
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Mazda has completed repairs on less than half of the recalled airbags installed in its vehicles. Of the total 1.16 million recalled units, the automaker has replaced only 467,000 airbags.
This leaves well over half a million Mazdas on the road with defective airbags.
Of the remaining airbags, 230,000 are driver-side airbags; 457,000 are passenger-side airbags.
Recovering Compensation from Mazda for Damages
If you or a loved one suffered serious or fatal injuries because of a defective airbag in your Mazda, you will need to file a personal injury or wrongful death claim. We offer free reviews to help you understand the strength of your case. We can explain your right to compensation, and fight for the full payout you deserve.
Talk to a Mazda Airbag Recall Lawsuit Lawyer About Your Accident
At Newsome Melton, a product liability attorney is ready to take a look at your case. If you believe a faulty airbag caused or contributed to your accident injuries, let a defective airbags lawyer on our team review the details of your accident for free.
Call us today at 888-808-5977 to get started.