Mazda Joins Honda and Ford by Expanding Takata Air Bag Recall to 330,000 Vehicles

In the continuing saga of the defective Takata air bag inflators, Mazda has joined Honda and Ford by expanding their recall of vehicles with defective air bags throughout the U.S.  Mazda will now recall approximately 330,000 vehicles due to a defect with the driver side air bag.  The issue is that upon deployment of the driver side frontal air bag, excessive internal pressure may cause the inflator to rupture causing metal to fragment and potential strike the driver the vehicle’s occupants.

The vehicles affected by this recall include the 2004-2008 Mazda6, the Mazdaspeed6 model years 2006-2007, and 2004-2008 RX-8 vehicles.

Mazda will notify owners, and dealers will replace the air bag inflators, free of charge.  The recall began October 17, 2014 for those vehicles originally sold, or currently registered, in Florida, Puerto Rico, and Hawaii.  All other affected owners will be notified by mid-February 2015.  Owners may contact Mazda customer service at 1-800-222-5500.  Mazda’s number for this recall is 7914J.  Note: This recall previously included vehicles being recalled for potential inflator ruptures on passenger frontal air bag inflators.  Those inflators and vehicles are now covered by safety recall 14V-773.

Last week, Ford expanded their air bag recall to 500,000 globally.

Americans rely on manufacturers to provide a safe well-designed product.  Sadly, that is not often the case.  The Auto Defect Attorneys at The Brandi Law Firm have successfully represented many people injured from defective autos such as Toyotas, Fords, Chryslers, Hondas, GM, and their component parts. Additionally, we have successfully represented people injured by defective helmets, bicycles, motorcycles, fuel pumps, brakes, car seats, seat belts, air bags, table saws, pumps, industrial machinery used in the workplace, barbeques, heating systems, and numerous other household and industrial products.

Often times, people involved in accidents do not examine the issues of defective product design, the risks inherent in the design, feasible alternatives, and appropriate warnings. In a car accident, we examine whether the car was truly crashworthy – does it contain the appropriate crash protection. In accidents where someone strikes a guardrail, people often do not consider the guardrail may be unsafe, installed improperly, or whether there is a contributing factor in the roadway design leading to a dangerous condition. We have represented a number of people seriously injured in these types of accidents involving dangerous conditions of roads and crashworthy vehicles.  If you or a loved one has been injured in an auto crash, our attorneys at The Brandi Law Firm are available to consult with you.  Please contact our office at 800-481-1615 or email us.

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