Mazda is updating its Takata airbag recall. The latest action involves about 79,000 vehicles originally recalled in 2016. Mazda says it now has permanent replacement parts for the defective airbags that could potentially explode.
Here are the vehicles in the updated recall:
- 2012 Mazda CX-7 and CX-9 SUVs, and Mazda6 sedans sold in Alabama, California, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Louisiana, Mississippi, South Carolina, and Texas.
- 2009 CX-7, CX-9 and Mazda6 vehicles sold or ever registered in Arizona, Arkansas, Delaware, the District of Columbia, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Maryland, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Virginia and West Virginia
- 2007-08 CX-7s and CX-9s sold or ever registered in Alaska, Colorado, Connecticut, Idaho, Iowa, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Montana, New Hampshire, New York, North Dakota, Oregon, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Utah, Vermont, Washington, Wisconsin and Wyoming
The airbag inflators were manufactured by Japan’s Takata Corp. and are part of the massive ongoing recall that has resulted in at least a dozen U.S. deaths. The airbags have a chemical propellant that can degrade over time and cause them to rupture. They are linked to at least a dozen deaths in the U.S. alone.
Dealers will replace the front passenger-side airbag inflator with an alternate inflator for free.
Mazda will begin notifying owners this week. Owners can call the automaker at 800-222-5500, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s vehicle-safety hotline at 888-327-4236 or visit www.safercar.gov.