The company recently announced it plans to recall various Mazda 6 cars that were manufactured between 2003 and 2008. The company announced that it believes the airbags found in these cars may run the risk of moisture intrusion and a number of other factors. If the airbags do experience such issues, it is possible they could fail to deploy or explode.
Mazda Warns That These Airbags Could Result in Serious Injuries
Should owners experience an accident, it is possible that the driver of the vehicle could be struck with various metal parts found within the car. If this happens at high speed, both serious injury and death become a possibility. The airbag is typically used to prevent this from occurring, and without it functioning correctly, drivers carry a significant risk every time they get behind the wheel of their car.
Mazda Has a Plan to Correct the Situation
The company plans to notify both owners and dealers separately. The car manufacturer announced that it would replace all airbags free of charge. They have yet to provide a schedule for the way in which they will notify owners and dealers.
All owners can contact Mazda customer service at 1-800-222-5500 to get more information about the recalls and to schedule a time and place to get the airbag replaced. Mazda has designated the number 8215F for this particular recall.
While Mazda’s airbag replacements will provide a solution to the problem, they will not act as a permanent remedy to the moisture problem. The company has stated that by providing a new airbag, car owners will have an extended period of time in which they will not have to worry about the potential moisture problems.
Mazda has encouraged all owners to get their airbags replaced as soon as possible. The danger associated with these malfunctioning airbags is serious and the company does not want anyone to take unnecessary risks.
The Problem may be Deeper and Broader than Initially Expected
Around 34 million vehicles from over 20 different brands have also been recalled. Takata is the manufacturer of these defective airbags and they have been under fire ever since the first recalls began. The combined recalls have amounted to the largest automotive recall in American history.
The New York Times published a report in November of 2014 stating that Takata was aware of the potential leaking problems with their airbags as early as 2004 but failed to report these findings to auto makers. Takata has disputed this but faces many conflicting views. A consultant for the company has come forward stating that he urged the Japanese airbag manufacturer to change the ways in which it was producing airbags in order to reduce the risk associated with leaking.
Takata has Finally Admitted That it is at Fault for the Malfunctioning Airbags
Since the first recalls began to occur, Takata has denied that it had anything to do with the defective airbags that have the potential to both explode or not deploy at all. Over 100 injuries and numerous deaths have been associated with these airbags. As it stands, one out of every seven cars on the road in the United States has been recalled.
Many people have voiced concerns about Takata and the way it handled the situation. Most people find it disturbing how long the company took to react to the situation and take the blame for the airbags.
Takata faces many lawsuits as part of this recall and will likely face significant consequences as a result.