Mazda Recalls More Than 18,000 Mazda6 and RX-8 Vehicles
Mazda North America is recalling approximately 18,050 model year 2003-2004 Mazda6 and 2004 RX-8 vehicles to address a safety defect in the passenger side frontal air bag which may produce excessive internal pressure causing the inflator to rupture upon deployment of the airbag.
In the event of a crash necessitating deployment of the passenger's frontal air bag, the inflator could rupture with metal fragments striking and potentially seriously injuring the passenger seat occupant or other occupants.
Owners of all vehicles on which a defective airbag may have been installed as original equipment will be notified by Mazda. Dealers will replace the defective airbag inflator at no cost to vehicle owners.
For more information, contact the Mazda Customer Assistance Center toll-free at (800) 222-5500. Mazda's campaign number for this recall is 7714F.
Note: This is an expansion of NHTSA Recall No. 13V-130.