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2015-03-31 08:50

CRASH-BAG RECALL: Some Mazda owners need to take their car to a Mazda franchise for the front-passenger crash back to be checked. It could explode... Image: Shutterstock

JOHANNESBURG, Gauteng - The supplier of air bags, Takata Corporation, has notified Mazda Southern Africa about problems with the front-passenger's crash bag in the Mazda6 vehicles.

Owners of Mazda6 vehicles have been asked to take their vehicle(s) back to a Mazda franchise for a check.

The recalls are for vehicles assembled from April 2002 to June 2003 and with the Vehicle Identification Code (GG).  

RUPTURE OF INFLATOR CASE

Mazda says 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 on the inflator for the passenger seat airbag.

This could 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 passenger injury.

There have been no recorded incidences on Mazda vehicles globally, the report says, but there have been three recorded incidences on other brand vehicles. Since there is a potential that the same defect may occur on some Mazda vehicles, Mazda Southern Africa will conduct a repair procedure to replace the passenger-side air bag inflator with an improved unit on the possibly affected vehicles.

Mazda SA wants owners of possibly-affected Mazda6 units to contact the Mazda SA dealer network or Mazda SA Customer Care on 0860 069 700 or to email them.

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