The updated info relates to Mazda vehicles sold in Australia between the 22nd of August 2002 and the 28th of June 2011.
In total, just over 70,000 Mazda6 sedans, hatches and wagons are affected, just under 6,400 RX-8s, and there will be around 48,000 BT-50 utes involved.
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The recall is being overseen by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) and owners are notified that Takata has identified that the chemical ammonium nitrate, which is used as a propellant in the airbag inflator, degrades over time under certain environmental conditions.
This can cause some airbags (driver and/or passenger) to deploy during a collision with too much internal pressure causing the airbag’s metal inflator housing to rupture, with metal fragments and shrapnel propelling out of the airbag and into vehicle occupants.
Industry broadly defines two types of defective Takata airbag inflators: ‘alpha’ airbags which were not produced according to design standards and ‘beta’ airbags manufactured according to design standards.
The ‘alpha’ airbags have a higher risk of misdeployment and a higher risk of causing harm.
The ACCC recommends that a vehicle affected by an alpha airbag recall not be driven, other than to drive directly to the dealer for the replacement airbag to be installed.
Beta airbags also pose a risk to safety as propellant degrades over time after installation and will require replacement.
What should affected Mazda owners do?
Contact your local dealership and/or Mazda Australia (contact info below) to organise to have the airbag replaced.
Consumers with an ‘alpha’ airbag should immediately arrange for a replacement.
All repairs carried out as part of this recall are free of charge.
Mazda Australia contact details:
- Phone - 1800 034 411 (Mon to Friday 9.30am - 5pm (EST or AEST)
- Email - [email protected]
- Mazda Australia website
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