The Takata airbag recall – the largest recall in automotive history – claims 270,000 more vehicles as Mazda and the NHTSA announce additional affected vehicles. So far, the recall affects over 50 million vehicles in the US alone.
The additional vehicles affected by the recall include 2003 to 2008 Mazda 6 sedans, hatchbacks, and wagons, 2006 to 2007 Mazdaspeed 6 sedans, and the 2004 MPV minivan, as well as 2005 to 2006 MPV models in states with warmer and more humid climates, which are weather conditions known to affect the airbags integrity.
These vehicles were already recalled by the automaker once before when Mazda replaced the faulty airbags with an updated version of the same design. The new recall means the affected vehicles will get wholly redesigned versions of airbags. Mazda will start alerting owners this month, and their dealers will replace the faulty airbags for free.
Almost every auto manufacturer has been affected by the Takata airbag recall. Affected automakers include General Motors, Ford, Mercedes-Benz, and Honda, the last of which was affected most by the faulty safety device.
The massive recall looks to replace faulty airbag detonators that can deteriorate over time, causing unexpected or excessive explosions during deployment, sending metal shrapnel into the cabin. So far, the faulty airbags have been responsible for at least 23 deaths and 300 injuries worldwide.
To find out if your vehicle is affected by the recall, you can go to the NHTSA’s website and enter your find your Vehicle Identification Number (VIN).