The Japanese automaker Mazda has ordered its Mexican unit to call back in service about 2,800 vehicles in order to verify if the Takata-produced airbags fitted inside show any signs of defects.
This just the second such recall in Mexico in as many weeks linked to the growing auto safety crisis concerning the airbags manufactured by Japanese auto safety supplier Takata Corp. So far, over 20 million autos have been recalled worldwide because the airbag inflators manufactured by Takata could explode with too much force in case there’s an accident, spraying inside the cabin metal debris flying at high velocity. Five deaths have been linked to the faulty parts so far, four in the United States and one in Malaysia, all in Honda vehicles.
In Mexico, Mazda’s recall is voluntary, meaning the company would contact owners of Mazda6 models sold from 2006 through 2008, according to a company statement released two days ago. The voluntary recall spans across approximately 2,816 units. So far, Nissan, Honda, BMW and Toyota are among the automakers to have announced recall actions in Mexico – for a tally of 159,485 vehicles – all to check if the Takata-designed and built airbags are prone to malfunctions, say figures published on Profeco’s website – Mexico’s consumer protection agency.