Mazda Recalling 270,000 Mazda6 and MPV Vehicles with Air Bag Inflators That Could Explode

An inflator explosion may result in sharp metal fragments striking the driver or other vehicle occupants, resulting in serious injury

Mazda Recalling 270,000 Mazda6 and MPV Vehicles with Air Bag Inflators That Could Explode
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July 9, 2018

Mazda is recalling approximately 270,000 model year 2003-2008 Mazda6, 2006-2007 Mazdaspeed6, and 2004 MPV vehicles nationwide—as well as model year 2005-2006 MPV vehicles in the states of Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Delaware, the District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, West Virginia, Puerto Rico, American Samoa, Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands (Saipan), and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

What's the problem?

All of the impacted vehicles are equipped with certain air bag inflators that were assembled as part of the passenger frontal air bag modules, and used as original equipment or replacement equipment.

In the event of a crash necessitating deployment of the passenger frontal air bag, these passenger air bag inflators may explode due to propellant degradation occurring after long-term exposure to absolute humidity and temperature cycling.

Serious Safety Risk

An inflator explosion may result in sharp metal fragments striking the driver or other vehicle occupants, resulting in serious injury or possibly death.

What happens next?

Owners of the affected Mazda6, Mazdaspeed6, and MPV vehicles will be notified by Mazda in July 2018. Mazda dealers will then replace the front passenger air bag inflator with an alternate inflator, free of charge.

Vehicle owners with questions or concerns about this recall or the repair process can contact Mazda customer service at (800) 222-5500, select option 4 and provide recall reference number 2618F.