Mazda North America is recalling almost 80,000 additional vehicles that contain defective Takata airbag inflators.
Mazda sent the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) a supplemental safety recall report on July 18, 2017 adding 79,402 vehicles to a recall originally submitted January 11, 2017. Vehicles affected by the expanded recall include 2012 Mazda CX-9 vehicles built between July 27, 2011 and Sept. 27, 2012 at the Mazda Motor Corporation plant in Hiroshima, Japan.
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The company’s chronology states they are replacing defective Takata-manufactured airbag inflators as replacement parts come available. The latest recall added more vehicles as their replacement parts became available.
The recalled vehicles contain Takata-manufactured airbag inflators that use non-desiccated phased-stabilized ammonium nitrate as a propellant.
The inflators consist of a metal cartridge loaded with propellant wafers. A crash ignites the propellant, expanding the airbags. However, the recalled inflators can rupture, sending metal shards into the car’s passenger cabin. These shards can injure or kill occupants. An NPR report states the inflators are implicated in 17 deaths, including 11 American deaths. Takata-related incidents have also caused 180 injuries worldwide so far.
Takata filed for bankruptcy on June 26, 2017, while still facing billions of dollars in lawsuits over the defective inflators.
Key Safety Systems, a U.S.-based auto component company, bought Takata’s non-airbag related assets for $1.6 billion shortly after Takata filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.
Mazda will notify owners, and dealers will replace the front passenger side air bag inflator with an alternate inflator, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin August 15, 2017. Owners may contact Mazda customer service at 1-800-222-5500. Mazda’s number for this recall is 1317F. Note: This recall supersedes recall 17V-012. Mazda owners can also visit the NHTSA’s website and enter their VIN to see if their vehicle is included in any recalls.
Your vehicle’s manufacturer is legally required to fix any recalled problems for free. If the dealership refuses to fix the part or tries to charge you for the repair, contact the manufacturer immediately. The Highway Safety Act of 1970, which created the NHTSA, requires car manufacturers to pay for the recall and replacement of a defective part.
If the manufacturer fails to repair, replace, repurchase, or provide the loss value of your recalled vehicle, they are violating the warranty and a lawyer may be able to help you.
Lemon law attorneys help their clients by dealing directly with the manufacturer on the clients’ behalf, working to promptly resolve the issue and get their clients back on the road. Thanks to the Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act, attorneys can seek their fees directly from the manufacturer, meaning a client can obtain legal counsel without having to pay attorneys’ fees directly out of pocket.
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