Mazda Customers Should Expect Two Service Visits to Fix Recalled Airbags

Mazda Customers Should Expect Two Service Visits to Fix Recalled Airbags
June 29, 2015

The owners of about 445,000 Mazda vehicles should expect to make two visits to the dealership to have their car's Takata airbag fixed.

With parts unavailable, Mazda announced that that it would be replacing the original airbag inflators with newer versions of the same model as those that are part of the recall. Those inflators will be replaced once redesigned inflators become available.

According to a recall notice on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHSTA) website, the interim airbag inflator does not eliminate the long-term potential for rupture and will only be installed as a stop-gap measure.

Doing so is said to reduce the amount of time the inflator is exposed to humidity, which is thought to cause the components to become unstable. Takata officials said they plan to continue using ammonium nitrate as a propellant, however, citing third-party studies citing that it is safe to use.

Fiat Chrysler executives this month told a Senate committee that the company will be pulling its business and going with another company that uses a different chemical.

Other manufacturers could possibly be affected by multiple remedies. Earlier this month, Takata announced that about 400,000 vehicles that have already been fixed will have to be fixed again.

To speed up the process, NHTSA may allow repair shops, as well as dealerships, to complete the recall repairs.

About 34 million vehicles from 11 carmakers are impacted by the nationwide recall. To date, more than 100 injuries and eight deaths worldwide have been caused by airbags deploying with so much force that they exploded, throwing at drivers and passengers pieces of glass, plastic, and metal.