Mazda North American Operations has announced a new recall for several different vehicles due to a problem with the Takata airbag inflators.
The firm states that the inflators in the front passenger airbags might rupture in the event of a crash and spray shrapnel at the occupants, resulting in serious injury or even death.
Owners of the 2003-2008 Mazda 6, made between May 29, 2002, to May 5, 2008, the 2006-227 Mazdaspeed6 produced between July 1,2005, to June 29, 2007, and the limited 2004 RX-8 built between June 25 and June 30, 2003 should be aware of this issue.
A recall notification schedule for Mazda’s newest safety campaign hasn’t been disclosed at this point, but the company did announce that its dealers will inspect the affected vehicles and replace the passenger’s frontal airbag with a new one, free of charge.
If you happen to be in possession of one of the aforementioned cars, then you can find out more on the topic by contacting the Mazda customer service at 1-800-222-5500 or the NHTSA Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236.
This isn’t the first time that Mazda vehicles have been affected by the Takata airbag scandal and let’s not forget that the Japanese brand joined other automakers a couple of years ago in a 3.4-million unit recall. Video Rating: / 5
German automaker BMW has expanded its recall of cars equipped with potentially flawed Takata-brand airbags to include vehicles registered anywhere in the U.S. As Detroit News reports, the company joins Chrysler, Ford, Honda, and Mazda in doing so.
All these expansions stem from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, which insisted that automakers’ regional systems of airbagrecalls — focused on high-humidity areas like states along the Gulf Coast — were insufficient. Though the problem with Takata’s airbags does, indeed, seem linked to humidity, which can destabilize the ammonium nitrate used to deploy the devices, there have been reports of exploding Takata airbags in less-humid parts of the country.
And so, BMW has now enlarged its recall of 3-Series vehicles from the 2004-2006 model years (manufacture date January 2004 to August 2006) to include cars from coast to coast. The previous regional recall had affected about 11,000 U.S. vehicles, but the expansion adds roughly 140,000 more cars to the list.
Federal safety regulators, growing increasingly frantic, warned Wednesday that at least 7.78 million vehicles were equipped with dangerous Takata air bags which are blamed for killing two people. Federal prosecutors reportedly launched an inquiry into the company’s actions.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) notified owners “with urgency” to get their previously recalled cars, which include vehicles from 10 makers, fixed at once as a matter “essential to personal safety.”
It’s not a new recall, but a plea for people with recalled cars to get them fixed now, as the air bags are an immediate threat to front-seat passengers safety.
Toyota and General Motors are taking the added step of sending overnight letters to owners of recalled models warning them not to let passengers sit in the front seats.
The new warning, as well as the underlying recalls dating to 2008, applies mainly to cars sold or ever registered in areas with high humidity, such as Florida and Puerto Rico. However, Consumers Union, advocacy unit of Consumer Reports, said Wednesday that it believes “the dangers could be far broader” than just humid locations. It said data show 100 injuries.
At least two deaths are blamed on the defect, reported years ago by Honda. Two more are suspected but not confirmed. Consumers Union says it believes all four deaths are linked.
The Takata bags involved mostly are on older vehicles, some of which have been on the road since 2000. When the defective bags inflate in a crash they can tear loose from their brackets, blowing pieces of their housings—shrapnel, in effect—at the faces and chests of occupants. The propellant for the bags was improperly handled during manufacture, and the danger is amplified by humidity.
The Takata bag defect has caused recalls of some 16 million vehicles worldwide.
NHTSA said it has an ongoing investigation into the bags.
Federal prosecutors also are looking into whether Takata was misleading about safety, the Wall Street Journal reported Wednesday, citing “people familiar with the matter.” USA TODAY could not independently confirm that.
Owners have been lax about the repairs. GM, for example, says that only about 10% of affected vehicles have been brought in.
It’s good to see Takata’s defective air bag issue finally getting the attention it deserves with so many vehicles being recalled. It will take years to address the danger, and there will be far too many consumers that ignore the recall.
Harry tells you which vehicles from the various auto manufactures are affected. If your present vehicle was mentioned it is of urgent importance that you stop driving the vehicle and cal your selling dealer and have them pick the vehicle up for the fix.
Demand a loaner car.
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Japan’s top four carmakers are recalling a total of 3.4 million cars over a defect in passenger airbags.
Toyota, which is recalling 1.73 million cars, said the vehicles had a defective part which “could cause the airbag inflator to rupture and deploy the airbag abnormally in a crash”.
Globally, Honda is recalling 1.13 million cars, Nissan almost 500,000 and Mazda 45,000.
In the UK, Toyota, Nissan and Honda are all recalling certain models.
The cars were sold in the years 2000-04, and the firms said the defective part was supplied by parts maker Takata Corp.
UK models affected include:
76,000 Toyota vehicles, including Corolla and Yaris,
60,000 Nissans, including X-Trail, Patrol, Almera, Almera Tino, Terrano II and Navara
and 15,400 Hondas, most of them CRVs, but including 400 Jazz and Civic models.
Nissan advised UK customers to contact garages where the cars were bought or call 01923 899334.
Global car giants are usually quick to recall vehicles for inspection and repair as soon as they are aware of a fault.
These generally tend to be minor and it is rare that they are linked to accidents or fatalities.
Shares in Takata fell 9% to 1,819 yen on the Tokyo Stock Exchange on Thursday.
Holden Volt electric cars Australia (and Chevrolet Volt) are being recalled globally. If you leave the electric vehicle’s ignition on – say, in the garage – it could drain the battery. Then, the Volt’s petrol generator will start up, and the resulting carbon-monoxide could kill you.
The Holden Volt does, of course, emit warning chimes if you attempt to leave the electric vehicle with the ignition on. You would have to fail to heed those, which is a real possibility is you are, for example, deaf.
Carbon monoxide is highly neurotoxic. It bonds with haemoglobin in your blood, so it stops your blood from carrying oxygen. One per cent carbon monoxide mixed in air will cause convulsions, respiratory arrest and death in about 10 minutes.
There have thankfully been only 240 Holden Volt electric vehicle sales since the Volt was launched in 2012. (Electric cars Australia – the whole concept – is a joke.) So this electric car recall won’t be the biggest product recall you read about this year. But 64,000 Holden and Chevy Volts around the world are being recalled for this safety defect – and each one of them needs new software to prevent the problem.
Safety related product recall generally is a much bigger issue. It’s a huge issue for used cars (bought second-hand). The manufacturer has no idea you own that car unless you tell them. If they issue car recalls, they can’t contact you and warn you that your car is affected.
So, what do you do? You ring the carmaker and you tell them your car’s VIN code – it’s on the rego papers. Seventeen digits. If a recall is issued in future, they’ll be able to contact you. They can also tell you if any past recalls are outstanding on your car.
GM Holden has issued 20 different car recalls since January 2014. This tsunami of product official recalls are evidence of a bigger problem at Holden and GM – because under-done engineering knows no bounds, but official vehicle recalls are limited only to safety issues. There are more problems than just car recalls going on at Holden. Avoiding buying a Holden if you’re in the market for a new car has become a risk-management issue for Australian new car buyers.
Thankfully there are plenty of alternative car brands to choose from.
New car risk management: If you want a small car, why not buy a Mazda2, a Hyundai i20 or a Kia Rio? They’re better options than any diminutive Holden. Instead of a Cruze you’d have to buy a Mazda3, Hyundai i30 or Elantra, Kia Cerato, Toyota Corolla. Medium-to-large car: Mazda6 every time. Maybe the works burger of Kia Optimas, or a Toyota Camry (if the loungeroom on wheels experience is your thing). Five-seat SUV: Mazda CX-5 every time, or Hyundai Tucson (nee ix35) or Kia Sportage, all exceptional vehicles, compared with a Captiva 5. Seven-seater SUV: It’s gotta be a Hyundai Santa Fe, a Kia Sorento or a Toyota Kluger instead of a Captiva 7. Every time.
This is evidence-based, objective conclusion stuff, not some off-the-cuff opinion. It’s mainstream car-buying advice. If you’re considering buying a Holden (but please God not a Holden Volt electric car) because your dad did that, and his dad before him, and that’s what you’ve been doing up until now – it’s time to step back, look at the evidence, and make some smarter choices.
More information: www.autoexpert.com.au
In a securities filing on Thursday, General Motors said that it may be forced by U.S. regulators to recall another 4.3 million vehicles for defective Takata air bag inflators. The call-back could possibly cost GM over 0 million. GM said back in May that it would recall 1.9 million vehicles for potentially defective Takata air bags. In June it then expanded that recall to another 600,000 vehicles. General Motors added on Thursday that it estimated at least 0 million will be needed for the repairing of at least 2.5 million vehicles.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration strongly urges the owners of certain Toyota, Honda, Mazda, BMW, Nissan, Mitsubishi, Subaru, Chrysler, Ford and General Motors vehicles to bring their cars in for repairs immediately.
People with vehicles in consistently hot and humid areas such as Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, the Gulf Coast states, Hawaii, and island territories should pay particular attention to this recall.
A full list of cars affected is attached below. Another way to check if your car is affected is to visit the NHTSA’s new VIN look up webpage. A link is included in the description as well.
VIN Look up Webpage: https://vinrcl.safercar.gov/vin/
This is a serious auto safety issue and owners of affected cars should take action immediately so they or their loved ones do not suffer unnecessary injuries or even death.
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Master list of Recalled Vehicles. However, you should check the NHTSA website to ensure your vehicle has not been added:
BMW: 627,615 vehicles
2000-05 3-series sedan
2000-06 3-series coupe
2000-05 3-series sports wagon
2000-06 3-series convertible
2001-06 M3 coupe
2001-06 M3 convertible
Chrysler: 371,309 vehicles
2003-08 Dodge Ram 1500
2005-08 Dodge Ram 2500
2006-08 Dodge Ram 3500
2006-08 Dodge Ram 4500
2008 Dodge Ram 5500
2005-08 Dodge Durango
2005-08 Dodge Dakota
2005-08 Chrysler 300
2007-08 Chrysler Aspen
Ford: 58,669 vehicles
General Motors: Undetermined total number vehicles