In 2010, Mazda recalled around 330,000 cars in the United States in order to fix problems with the cars' airbags. According to CBS Detroit, Mazda is now adding to that number, recalling nearly 540,000 more cars and pickup trucks in the US and Canada. On Friday, June 5, 2015, Mazda said in documents posted by the US and Canadian safety regulators, that it is recalling 503,000 cars because of defective driver's side airbags, and 35,000 pickup trucks for an issue with passenger airbags.
These vehicles are all equipped with airbag inflators made by Takata Corp. of Japan. As we've previously reported, it has been reported that these airbags can explode when too much force is applied. So far, six people have been killed due to faulty airbags and over 100 people have been injured. Car models with the faulty driver’s air bags are the 2003-2008 Mazda 6, 2006-2007 MazdaSpeed 6, and the 2004 to 2008 RX-8. The pickup trucks that the company is recalling for passenger side airbags are the 2003-2008 B-Series.
Last month, Takata and the US government agreed to double the number of inflators it recalled to 33.8 million. According to the agency, this increase made it the largest auto recall in US history. It’s frequent for cars to have issues such as broken airbags, and these problems can potentially cause accidents, which can lead to death or injury.
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