Mazda recalls vehicles with defective air bags

 

Washington, D.C. – July 24, 2018 – Mazda North America Operations has recalled almost 700 vehicles potentially equipped with defective air bags, according to documentation submitted to the National Highway Traffic Administration. The campaign affects 2018 Mazda CX-5 sport utility vehicles produced between April 11 and April 27, 2018. The Japanese automaker suspects just 1 percent of the models involved in the action contain the defective components.

The Defect

Affected vehicles contain side-curtain air bags that may fail to unfold properly during deployment, leaving occupants unprotected in the event of an accident involving side impact or a rollover. The defect therefore poses a serious threat to owners and their passengers. However, Mazda has yet to receive reports connecting the problematic parts to any collisions or injuries.

Timeline of Events

Mazda on April 26, 2018, received information from its air bag supplier, the Ashimori Industry Company, indicating that the fabric used in certain assemblies did not meet adhesion requirements. Ashimori revealed that production personnel had failed to properly dry the cement adhering the silicone air bag base to the side-curtain fabric, meaning the resulting equipment would leak air and therefore not inflate upon deployment. On April 27, 2018, the vehicle manufacturer stopped shipment of models with defective air bags. More than a week later, Mazda production teams rolled out replacement side-curtain air bag models.

On June 12, 2018, the automaker reviewed its production logs and found that multiple vehicles containing the problematic air bags had been shipped to dealers. Members of the Mazda Quality Audit Committee convened June 21, 2018, and decided that a voluntary recall was necessary.

The company notified dealers of the forthcoming action June 29, 2018.

The Solution

Mazda has directed dealers to replace the side-curtain air bags in affected models free of charge, according to an NHTSA recall acknowledgement document. Owners should have received notification via first-class mail July 16, 2018. Those who have yet to hear about the recall or require additional assistance can speak with Mazda customer service personnel by calling (800) 222-5500. Callers should use the internal recall reference code 2718F. Owners can also reach out to the NHTSA directly using the agency’s Vehicle Safety Hotline at (888) 327-4236.

 

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Mazda adds another 270,000 vehicles to Takata airbag recall, still largest in history

Mazda adds another 270,000 vehicles to Takata airbag recall, still largest in history

Mazda and the NHTSA said last week that they will add another 269,618 vehicles to the Takata airbag recall total, already the largest in history at over 50 million vehicles affected in the U.S. alone. The recall aims to replace faulty airbag detonators that can deteriorate over time and cause unexpected or excessive explosions, responsible for at least 23 deaths and 300 injuries worldwide to date…Read more on TheCarConnection.com

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Mazda recalls certain 2018 CX-5 vehicles over faulty airbag deployment

Mazda recalls certain 2018 CX-5 vehicles over faulty airbag deployment

Mazda issued a safety recall for almost 700 new CX-5 models because of an increased risk of injury in the event of a crash.

The problem lies in certain side curtain airbags which, due to an inappropriate manufacturing process, may not unfold properly. If left unfixed, the affected airbag may cause more injury to a passenger during a rollover crash where the side curtain airbag is used…Read more on NYDailyNews.com

 

 

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Mazda recalls vehicles with defective air bags

 

Washington, D.C. – Jan. 22, 2017 – Mazda North American Operations has recalled dozens of vehicles potentially equipped with defective, Takata-brand air bag inflators, according to documents submitted to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration. The campaign affects 2006 Mazda B Series pickup trucks produced between Oct. 5, 2005 and Oct. 11, 2005. The automaker suspects only 1 percent of the models referenced in the recall actually contain the defective safety components.

The Takata air bag inflators involved in this action are at the center of one of the largest automotive recalls to date. Numerous brands have recalled more than 49 million vehicles worldwide believed to contain the problematic devices, which have claimed the lives of approximately 21 drivers and injured at least 184 others, Car and Driver reported.

The Defect

Affected models feature Takata front air bag inflators that are prone to rupture upon deployment. This poses a serious safety risk to occupants, as the instantaneous degradation of the device sends shards of metal flying throughout the cabin. In light of this possibility, Mazda has advised owners to discontinue use of their vehicles until repairs can be made.

Timeline of Events

On May 18, 2015, Takata informed the NHTSA and its production partners that certain air bag inflator models were defective and prone to rupture, according to the NHTSA. Ford Motor Company, which had long partnered with Mazda to create B Series pickup trucks, reviewed the supplier’s submission to the NHTSA and determined that an immediate safety recall was necessary. Mazda engineers agreed with the assessment and initiated a joint recall action with Ford involving nearly 20,000 2004-2006 B Series pickup trucks. Between September 2015 and October 2017, the Japanese automaker replaced the air bag inflators found in recalled vehicles with temporary like-for-like components.

In December 2017, Mazda informed the NHTSA that permanent replacement parts were available and launched two separate follow-up actions.

On Jan. 2, Ford received a report detailing a fatal accident involving a 2006 Ford Ranger pickup truck – the vehicle off of which the B Series model is based – equipped with Takata air bag inflators. The American automotive company reviewed production records with officials from Takata and found that Mazda had installed the same problematic inflators in some of its B Series trucks. Ford gave Mazda a list of the models that were potentially affected Jan. 9. Two days later, the Mazda Quality Audit Committee met and decided to conduct a voluntary safety recall.

The automaker notified dealers Jan. 16.

The Solution

Mazda has directed dealers to replace the front air bag inflators in the recalled vehicles free of charge, according to an NHTSA recall acknowledgement document. The company intends to notify owners via first-class mail Jan. 19. Those in need of additional assistance can contact Mazda customer service at (800) 222-5500. Callers should use the internal recall identification code 2218A. Owners can also connect with the NHTSA directly using its Vehicle Safety Hotline at (888) 327-4236.

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Mazda B-Series Trucks Recalled for Airbag Problem [Video]

Hello and welcome back to another recall update.

Mazda recently recalled nearly 20,000 of its B-Series trucks from the 2004 to 2006 model years.

All affected vehicles are made with Takata driver side frontal air bags, which could rupture in a crash due to propellant degradation.

Based on the air bag supplier’s investigations, this risk only arises after several years of exposure to extreme conditions.

In affected vehicles, it’s possible that an inflator rupture would launch metal fragments through the air bag at high speeds in the event of a crash, greatly increasing the risk of driver injury.

Owners of the affected B-Series trucks will be informed of the recall in mid-January, and can return the vehicles to a Mazda dealership for free replacement.

Thanks for watching, and be sure to check back again for more recall updates.

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Mazda 3 Recalled Over Valve Springs, Stalling Engine Risk

Recall Masters  – December 18, 2017

Mazda 3 Recalled Over Valve Springs, Stalling Engine Risk

Mazda North American Operations recently issued a recall for 144 of its popular Mazda3 sedans from the 2018 model year, citing concerns over incorrect exhaust valve springs that could lead to engine problems, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

The small number of vehicles with the incorrect valve springs are at a greater risk of difficulties, including abnormal noise or vibration, and those springs may break. That, in turn, could potentially lead to the engine stalling, increasing the risk of an accident and injury.

In all, only about 4 percent of the recalled vehicles are expected to have been affected by the defect that prompted the recall, the vehicles produced from Oct. 9 to Oct. 18, 2017…

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Mazda 3 Recalled Over Valve Springs, Stalling Engine Risk

 

Washington, D.C. – Dec. 18, 2017 – Mazda North American Operations recently issued a recall for 144 of its popular Mazda3 sedans from the 2018 model year, citing concerns over incorrect exhaust valve springs that could lead to engine problems, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

The small number of vehicles with the incorrect valve springs are at a greater risk of difficulties, including abnormal noise or vibration, and those springs may break. That, in turn, could potentially lead to the engine stalling, increasing the risk of an accident and injury.

In all, only about 4 percent of the recalled vehicles are expected to have been affected by the defect that prompted the recall, the vehicles produced from Oct. 9 to Oct. 18, 2017.

The Defect

Specifically, it was determined that when assembling the engine cylinder heads themselves, the company had been installing the incorrect exhaust valve springs into engines, and subsequent investigation found that this happened because a parts supplier had mistakenly shipped the wrong parts to Mazda.

While Mazda tested the incorrect valve springs to determine their durability, and found no unexpected noises, rattling or vibrations, it nonetheless thinks these issues could arise over extended use. To this point, no apparent incidents of loss of control, accidents or injuries have been reported as a result of this defect.

Timeline of Events

The issue was first spotted on Oct. 10, and prompted an investigation by Mazda, which lasted from Oct. 12 to 16. During that time, the automaker determined the source of the incorrect valve springs. The durability testing concluded on Oct. 19.

Then, on Nov. 15, Mazda’s Quality Audit Committee convened and decided to issue the recall for the affected 2018 Mazda3s.

The Solution

As part of the recall, Mazda dealerships will check affected vehicles to determine whether they have the incorrect valve springs, and replace them with a proper alternative free of charge. Mazda is in the process of trying to contact owners of those vehicles via phone before the notification deadline of Jan. 20, 2018. If unsuccessful, it will send out notification mailers on that date. Dealers were notified of the recall on Nov. 30, 2017.

In the meantime, Mazda has further added an inspection process to ensure the proper diameter of valve springs for vehicles shipped after Oct. 11.

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Mazda announces recalls for CX-5 over trailer hitches

 

Washington, D.C. – Dec. 13, 2017 – Mazda North America recently issued a recall for nearly 1,100 CX-5 sport utility vehicles from the 2017 model year, citing an issue with genuine Mazda trailer hitch harness accessories.

Specifically, as a result of inappropriate routing of that harness, there may not be enough space between the harness itself and the main exhaust silencer. Consequently, if the exhaust silencer and trailer harness come into contact with each other during operation of the vehicle, it could lead to damage to the harness that causes its internal wires to short-circuit.

All CX-5s in the recall were produced between Oct. 27, 2016, and Oct. 31, 2017, and 100 percent of the vehicles in the recall are expected to be affected by it.

The Defect

If the wires in the trailer harness short-circuit, it can lead to failure of the trailer’s turn signals, tail lights and brake lights, which can increase the risk of accident – and injury – because trailing traffic may not be able to determine that the CX-5 intends to turn or is slowing down. However, the lights themselves are not affected directly by the defect.

Timeline of Events

In late September 2017, a Mazda employee noticed that the tail lights on an affected trailer were not working properly during an installation inspection, prompting an investigation the next day. That inspection found that the trailer hitch wire had been melted, and the fuse blow in the harness circuit. Another vehicle was also discovered to have the same problem, which led to a field report being issued, and a companywide investigation started in early October.

Then, on Nov. 15, Mazda’s Quality Audit Committee decided to issue a recall for all affected CX-5s.

The Solution

Dealers received the recall notifications on Nov. 30, and owners will be notified by Jan. 20, 2018. Those owners will be able to take their cars to local Mazda dealers for repairs, conducted free of charge. In the event that a trailer harness has been damaged, it will be replaced, and in either event, will be rerouted away from the exhaust silencer.

So far, Mazda has been able to identify 826 vehicle ID numbers with associated trailer hitch harness kits, but those accessories are not always traceable within the company’s systems, so dealers are being asked to contact purchasers directly.

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2017 Mazda CX-5: Recall Alert

Cars.com  – December 12, 2017

2017 Mazda CX-5: Recall Alert

Vehicles Affected: Approximately 1,100 model-year 2017 Mazda CX-5 SUVs equipped with an accessory trailer-hitch wiring harness
The Problem: Insufficient clearance between the harness and the exhaust muffler may result in contact and subsequent damage to the harness, potentially resulting in inoperative trailer lights and increasing the risk of a crash.
The Fix: Dealers will reroute the trailer hitch harness away from the muffler, replacing the harness if it’s damaged, for free.
What Owners Should Do: Mazda will begin notifying owners on Jan. 20, 2018. Owners can call the automaker at 800-222-5500, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s vehicle-safety hotline at 888-327-4236 or visit www.safercar.gov to check their vehicle identification number and learn more…

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