Mazda has recalled 330,000 cars for a front air bag that can explode in the event of a crash and send shrapnel into occupants. The following cars were recalled for the potentially deadly air bag problem:
Vehicle Make/Model Year(s)
MAZDA 6 2004-2008
MAZDA SPEED6 2006-2007
MAZDA RX-8 2004-2008
Air Bag can Rupture
Mazda North America Operations (Mazda) announced that it is recalling these certain models from these years because the front driver’s side air bag could rupture in the event of a deployment. Metal fragments could consequently rupture through the bag and strike vehicle occupants, causing potentially serious injury. Mazda will notify owners, and dealers will replace the air bag inflators.
The recall began October 17, 2014 for those vehicles which were originally sold or currently registered in Florida, Puerto Rico, Hawaii. Mazda officials said all other affected owners will be notified by mid-Feb. 2015.
Mazda Contact Information
Owners may contact Mazda customer service at 1-800-222-5500. Mazda’s number for this recall is 7914J. Note: This recall previously included vehicles being recalled for potential inflator ruptures on passenger frontal air bag inflators. Those inflators and vehicles are now covered by safety recall 14V-773.
NHTSA Contact Information
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.