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MAZDA STATEMENT ON FRONT PASSENGER AIRBAG RECALL
IRVINE, Calif. (April 11, 2013) – Mazda North American Operations (MNAO) today announced a recall of certain model year 2003-04 Mazda6 and 2004 RX-8 vehicles for replacement of the front passenger airbag due to a defect as indicated by the airbag manufacturer. The airbags subject to recall affected several automotive manufacturers, including Mazda. Approximately 149 vehicles in the United States are affected – all but two being Mazda6 vehicles, the remaining being RX-8s – with 47 confirmed to contain the defective airbag. Approximately 20,000 airbags, globally, were supplied to Mazda but approximately 45,000 vehicles will be recalled. No injuries related to this recall have been reported.
The concern of the recall is that an inflator propellant could potentially deteriorate over time and lead to over-aggressive combustion when the airbag deploys. This could create excessive internal pressure within the inflator and the body of the airbag module could rupture.
The safety defect report was submitted to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) on April 10. Owners may contact the Mazda Customer Assistance Center at (800) 222-5500. Mazda dealerships will replace the defective parts free of charge.
Mazda North American Operations is headquartered in Irvine, Calif., and oversees the sales, marketing, parts and customer service support of Mazda vehicles in the United States and Mexico through nearly 700 dealers. Operations in Mexico are managed by Mazda Motor de Mexico in Mexico City. For more information on Mazda vehicles, including photography and b-roll, please visit the online Mazda media center at www.mazdausamedia.com.
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For further information: Beverly Braga, Mazda North American Operations, (949) 727-6751 Eric Booth, Mazda North American Operations, (949) 727-6144