Mazda has issued a vehicle safety recall in the United States and Canada, adding 540,000 vehicles to the growing list of models recalled due to defective Takata air bags. The defective Takata air bags could explode upon inflation due to much force caused by the inflator sending shrapnel into the cabin of the vehicle. Metal fragments from the airbag system could possibly kill the driver and passengers of the vehicle.
Mazda recalls 503,000 cars to have driver`s air bags fixed and 35,000 small pickup trucks to have passenger air bags replaced, according to the documents posted Friday by U.S. and Canadian safety regulators.
The recall affects
• 2003-2008 Mazda 6
• 2006-2007 MazdaSpeed 6
• 2004-2008 RX-8
• 2004-2006 B-series pickup trucks
Some of the cars involved in the current recall are part of a previous one issued by the automaker last year. Nearly 330,000 vehicles were recalled to fix driver`s air bags.
The exploding defective air bags have already claimed the lives of six people and injured more than 100, though the figures are only from reported cases.
Last month, the United States government and Japanese auto part supplier have agreed to issue a massive recall covering 34 million cars across the U.S. Eleven carmakers are consequently announcing makes and models impacted by the recall expansion.
Takata recall is reported to take several years to complete, but the NHTSA said that the agency is working as fast as possible to specify the vehicles that need to be brought back to dealerships to have the defective air bags fixed.
However, reports are spread that vehicle owners looking to have their cars checked would have to wait for months to schedule an appointment, further augmenting the anxiety of consumers that drive their vehicles daily jeopardizing their lives and the lives of their close ones.
If you bought a defective vehicle that the manufacturer or the dealership is unable to repair, feel free to contact a Lemon Law lawyer Hovanes Margarian at (818) 553-1000 for free case evaluation and further legal help.