IS YOUR MAZDA AFFECTED? Mazda Southern Africa is recalling units of its Mazda6 built from 2002 (pictured here) to 2003. The reason? The passenger air bag might deploy incorrectly leading to injury. Image: Mazda
PRETORIA, Gauteng - South African Mazda6 units equipped with a front-passenger crash bag made by Takata are warned that it might deploy badly and injure the passenger.
The Takata Corporation, subject of a global defective crash-bag investigation, has told Mazda Southern Africa that Mazda6 units, produced from April 2002 to June 2003 with model/VIN code (GG) are affected.
Mazda reports: "This concern deemed a recall campaign necessary."
In 2014 Wheels24 reported on a number of local automakers recalling vehicles affected by the bad bags. Globally to date millions of cars have been recalled to replace bag inflators could improperly ignite and blow pieces of metal across the cabin.
According to Mazda SA: "The recall is due to an inappropriate production condition and storage of the propellant in the inflator. The density of the propellant may be insufficient for the passenger'sbag. This might cause the propellant to ignite abnormally."
Put simply, the gas canister could blow apart.
AIR BAG MIGHT NOT DEPLOY
Mazda says no such incidents had been recorded on its cars but "there have been three recorded incidents on other automaker's vehicles".
How will this affect SA customers?
Mazda SA said: "Since there is a potential that the same defect may occur on some Mazda vehicles Mazda Southern Africa will conduct a procedure to replace the passenger-side bag inflator with an improved unit".
Mazda urges all owners with "possibly affected" Mazda6 vehicles to contact Mazda SA's Customer Care Centre on 0860 069 700 or email.