Mazda has announced a global recall covering a wider manufacturing period in order to place the highest priority on the safety of Mazda customers. - Mazda spokesperson
The well known brand has recently extended their recall of vehicles by including another 19 000 units in South Africa, Namibia, Swaziland and Botswana. Urging the owners of Mazda 2, Mazda 6 and Mazda RX-8 vehicles produced as from 2003 (VIN numbers starting with MM6DE, JM6GG and JMZSE) for the possibility of defective airbags and could thus pose a safety issue to drivers and passengers alike.
So, what is the issue with the airbags? As per Mazda SA, it includes inappropriate production condition and storage of the propellant in the inflator. "The density of the propellant may be insufficient in the inflator. This might cause the propellant to ignite abnormally at the time of airbag deployment and potentially result in extremely high inner pressure of the inflator causing a rupture of the inflator case. In a case of a rupture, the airbag might not deploy as designed and may lead to injury."
The recall was prompted after investigations on three different types of Takata Corp manufactured airbags, saying that the inflators prove to be defective. Unfortunately some deaths and injuries have already been linked to the manufacturer of the airbags; thus increasing the company's need to recall as many of the installed inflators.
If you're an owner of one of the mentioned vehicles, do yourself a big favor and pop in at a Mazda Branch, before disaster strikes. Mazda is conducting repairs to replace the driver-side air bag and/or passenger-side air-bag inflator with an improved unit to prevent such disasters.