Mazda is the latest automaker to update the list of its cars being recalled for exploding Takata air bags. With Friday’s announcement, the company broadens its recall campaign to more than 472,000 vehicles.
New vehicles on the list to replace front driver’s side air bags include the 2003-2008 Mazda6 produced between May 29, 2002, and May 5, 2008, the 2004-2008 Mazda RX-8 from between April 10, 2003, and February 18, 2008, and the 2006-2007 Mazdaspeed6 made between August 4, 2005, and June 29, 2007. Among these three models there are 444,907 units affected. This is an expansion from of the previous total of about 330,000 examples from 2004-2008.
The recall also now includes the passenger-side airbag of the 2004-2006 B-Series pickup built between April 17, 2003, and May 2, 2006. There are 27,149 of these vehicles that need to be fixed.
Earlier this week, Honda revised its recall as well. See a list of vehicles here. Plus, the automaker also announced that vehicles serviced under previous Takata campaigns prior to September 12, 2014 will also need to come back in for new inflators. Honda vehicles repaired after September 12, 2014 look to be in the clear.
Overall, Takata’s airbag inflator recalls are impacting 34 million vehicles nationwide from 11 automakers. The air bags, which can explode when deployed and send shrapnel flying, are now linked to six deaths and more than 100 injuries worldwide. Investigators don’t know the exact cause of the air bag explosions, but investigators believe it has something to do with a chemical used to make them that can degrade. However, in a recent hearing before Congress, Takata told lawmakers the manufacturer continues to use the chemical in question, ammonium nitrate, in air bags being sold in new cars today.
Meanwhile, NHTSA chief Mark Rosekind told Congressional lawmakers this week that the air bag recall is so big it would take until fall to come up with a timeline on how to fix all the vehicles in the recall. Making matters more confusing, some air bags already replaced will need to be replaced again.
The NHTSA says car owners should check the recall website weekly to enter their VIN number for the most up to date information.