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Mazda South Africa recalls 19 000 vehicles over faulty Takata airbags


Mazda South Africa has issued a recall of around 19 000 vehicles as part of the worldwide call-back on models fitted with defective Takata airbags.

In a statement, the Hiroshima based automaker said the recall involves examples of the Mazda2, Mazda3 and RX-8 made from 2003 with the VIN numbers MM6DE, JM6GG and JMZSE, and chiefly involves the driver-side airbag inflators marked PSDI-4, SDI-160, SPI or SDI-230 and passenger side airbag inflator designated PSPI.

"The recall is due to an inappropriate production condition and storage of the propellant in the inflator. The density of the propellant may be insufficient in the inflator," the statement continued.

"This might cause the propellant to ignite abnormally at the time of airbag deployment and potentially result in extremely high inner pressure of the inflator causing a rupture of the inflator case.  In a case of a rupture, the airbag might not deploy as designed and may lead to injury".

It also stated that repairs are underway to fix the relevant airbags parts, and that owners are advised to contact 0860 069 700 or email

Last month, the beleaguered components manufacturer filed for bankruptcy protection with it assets and global operations being sold for a reported R1.59-biilion to Sterling Heights, Michigan based Key Safety Systems.

A total of 42-million have so far been recalled with alleged faulty Takata airbags, mostly in the United States, with Honda and its luxury Acura division the hardest hit with 11.6-million vehicles, followed by Toyota (around six-million), Chrysler / Dodge / Ram (5.6-million) and Ford-Lincoln-Mercury (around three-million).

Last week, Honda confirmed that a Florida man had become the 17th fatality and eleventh in the US as a results of an exploding Takata airbag, after carrying out repairs involving a hammer to a 2001 Accord.

Although details around the repairs are still unknown, an article by the New York Times claims that the Accord's ignition had been turned on and that the inflator eventually activated and ruptured as the airbag went off. It also claims that the victim was the not the owner of the Accord in question, and that several recall notices for the vehicle to be repaired had gone unanswered.

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