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From Products Liability Law Daily, January 8, 2016

Air bag rupture risk prompts recall of over 374,000 Mazda vehicles

By John Dumoulin

Mazda North American Operations has recalled approximately 374,519 model year 2003-2008 Mazda6 vehicles manufactured from May 29, 2002, to May 5, 2008, model year 2006-2007 Mazdaspeed6 vehicles manufactured from July 1, 2005, to June 29, 2007, and a limited production of model year 2004 RX-8 vehicles manufactured from June 25, 2003, to June 30, 2003, because the inflators in the front passenger air bags are susceptible to rupture in the event of a crash necessitating the deployment of the front passenger air bag. In the event of such a crash, the inflator could rupture with metal fragments striking the vehicle occupants, potentially resulting in serious injury or death, Mazda warned (NHTSA Recall Notice, No. 15V869, Report receipt date: December 23, 2015).

This recall supersedes recalls 13V130 and 14V362 in their entirety. This recall partially supersedes recall 14V773 in that model year 2003-2006 Mazda6 vehicles covered by that recall are now covered by this campaign.

Remedy. Mazda will notify owners, and dealers will replace the passenger’s frontal air bag with a new one, free of charge.

Contact information. Owners may contact Mazda customer service at 1-800-222-5500. Mazda’s number for this recall is 9015L. 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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