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Recent MPV News

Mazda Issues Another Large Takata Recall

Mazda is in the midst of another big Takata recall, this time bringing back 731,628 vehicles in different areas of the country. CarComplaints.com has the details:

The first recall has more than 495,000 vehicles called back in a confusing recall based on different “zones” of the country. Mazda says 2004-2011 Mazda RX-8, 2004-2006 MPV, 2003-2008 Mazda6 and 2006-2007 Mazdaspeed6 cars are recalled if they were originally sold in “Zone A”

Zone A includes Alabama, California, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Louisiana, Mississippi, South Carolina, Texas, Puerto Rico, American Samoa, Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands (Saipan) and the U.S. Virgin Islands. There are additional recalls in Zone B, and then to bring the confusion up a notch, in other areas as well.

In a second recall:

About 236,280 model year 2009-2011 Mazda6, 2007-2011 CX-7 and CX-9 vehicles are recalled if they were originally sold in Zone A

And then there are others recalled in Zone B.

It’s all a bit of a mess, so we recommend checking out the David Wood’s article or check our continuing Takata coverage.

Here We Go Again. Mazda Recalls 40,000 Additional Vehicles with Takata Airbags

Uh oh, just two months after issuing their first Takata recall, Mazda has expanded the recall to 40,000 more vehicles.

While the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has demanded that all driver’s side Takata inflators be replaced nationwide, this latest recall is only expands the previous regional recall.

The new region includes more areas of “high humidity,” which has been known to accelerate the inflator problems. This includes Florida, Puerto Rico, Hawaii, Saipan, Guam, American Samoa, U.S. Virgin Islands, Georgia, Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Texas.

Mazda Is the Latest Takata Airbag Victim

There’s a disturbing trend starting to emerge in the automotive world. Following a warning from NHTSA and a recent Toyota’s recall, both Nissan and Mazda have announced Takata recalls of their own.

This is the first Mazda recall for the dangerous, exploding inflators. It is limited to vehicles originally sold in, or currently registered in Florida, Hawaii, Puerto Rico or the U.S. Virgin Islands. From CarComplaints.com:

The automaker says the 2003-2007 Mazda6, 2004-2008 RX-8, 2006-2007 Mazdaspeed6, 2004-2005 MPV and 2004 B-Series trucks are recalled, but Mazda didn’t say which air bags would be repaired. Some automakers are replacing just one front air bag while others are replacing both air bags.

Notifications are expected to go out to roughly 46,000 vehicle owners by October 17th, 2014.