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From Products Liability Law Daily, July 11, 2018

269K Mazda vehicles recalled for replacement of front passenger airbag inflator

By Colleen Kave, J.D.

Mazda North American Operations has recalled approximately 269,618 2003-2008 Mazda6, 2006-2007 Mazdaspeed6, and 2004 MPV vehicles nationwide. Mazda is also recalling 2005-2006 MPV vehicles in Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Delaware, the District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, West Virginia, Puerto Rico, American Samoa, Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands (Saipan), and the U.S. Virgin Islands (Zones A and B). These vehicles are equipped with certain airbag inflators assembled as part of the passenger frontal airbag modules, and used as original equipment or replacement equipment. In the event of a crash necessitating deployment of the passenger frontal airbag, these passenger airbag inflators may explode due to propellant degradation occurring after long-term exposure to absolute humidity and temperature cycling. The company warns that an inflator explosion may result in sharp metal fragments striking the driver or other occupants, causing serious injury or death (NHTSA Recall Notice, No. 18V402, Report receipt date: June 15, 2018).

Remedy. Mazda will notify owners, and dealers will replace the front passenger airbag inflator with an alternate inflator, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin in July 2018.

Note: This recall partially supersedes recall 16V354.

Contact information. Owners may contact Mazda customer service at 1-800-222-5500, Option 4. Mazda’s number for this recall is 2618F. Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.

Companies: Mazda North American Operations

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