Mazda North American Operations (Mazda) is recalling certain model year 2004-2011 RX-8, 2004-2006 MPV, 2003-2008 Mazda6, and 2006-2007 Mazdaspeed6 vehicles, originally sold, or ever registered, in 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, or “Zone A.” Additionally, unless included in “Zone A” above, Mazda is recalling certain model year 2004-2008 RX-8, 2004-2006 MPV, 2003-2008 Mazda6 vehicles, originally sold, or ever registered, in Arizona, Arkansas, Delaware, District of Columbia, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Maryland, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia, or “Zone B.” Lastly, unless included in “Zone A” or “Zone B” above, Mazda is recalling certain model year 2004 Mazda RX-8 and MPV, 2003-2004 Mazda6 vehicles originally sold, or registered, in Alaska, Colorado, Connecticut, Idaho, Iowa, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Montana, New Hampshire, New York, North Dakota, Oregon, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Utah, Vermont, Washington, Wisconsin, and Wyoming.
These vehicles are equipped with certain air bag inflators assembled as part of the passenger frontal air bag modules, and used as original equipment or replacement equipment. In the event of a crash necessitating deployment of the front air bags, these inflators may rupture due to propellant degradation occurring after long-term exposure to absolute humidity and temperature cycling.
An inflator rupture may result in metal fragments striking the vehicle occupants resulting in serious injury or death.
Owners may contact Mazda customer service at 1-800-222-5500.
Mazda’s number for this recall is 9416E.
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
Takata Safety Recall Expansion
Updated June 2, 2016
These FAQs will be updated as recall conditions change.
FOR DEALERS ONLY
Q1. What is the issue?
- As a result of Takata’s frontal air bag inflator recall expansion, Mazda is expanding the affected vehicles involved in passenger frontal air bag inflator recall. The expansion applies to Takata ammonium nitratebased propellant front air bag inflators without a chemical drying agent, also known as a desiccant. For Mazda vehicles, this applies only to passenger frontal air bag inflators in certain models and model years listed below.
Q2. How many vehicles are affected?
- The approximate population of vehicles in the expansion is 730,000 in the U.S. and U.S. territories.
- Takata has not supplied ammonium nitrate-based propellant inflators to Mazda for other applications, including side curtain, side impact, or seatbelt pre-tensioners.
Q4. Will the new recalls 9416E and 9516E replace any existing Takata recalls?
- Safety Recall 9416E will replace recalls 9015L and 8315F, and will apply to 2003-2008 Mazda6, 20062007 Mazdaspeed6, 2004-2011 RX-8, and 2004-2006 MPV. Under this recall, dealers will install permanent remedy parts.
- Safety Recall 9516E will apply to 2007-2011 CX-7 and CX-9, and 2009-2011 Mazda6. Under this recall, dealers will install interim repair parts until the final repair parts are available next year.
Q5. When will parts be available for the new recalls?
- A limited supply of replacement parts will be available in July 2016. Additional parts will be available in the coming months.
The map below indicates the states in each Zone.
Zone A – States with high temperature cycling and humidity (includes Puerto Rico, Guam, and Saipan). Time in service until significant propellant degradation may occur is projected at between 6-9 years.
Zone B – States that have moderate temperature cycling and humidity. Time in service until significant propellant degradation may occur is projected at between 10-15 years.
Zone C – States with lower temperature cycling and humidity. Time in service until significant propellant degradation may occur is projected at between 15-20 years.
NHTSA has structured this expansion with 5 phases and 3 geographic zones, based on temperature and absolute humidity factors in each Zone, and analysis of expected rate of inflator degradation. Time, temperature, and humidity have been found by NHTSA and independent investigations to contribute to significant propellant degradation, which can lead to high risk of inflator rupture.
IMPORTANT NOTE: Certain vehicles in Zones B and C are not included in Zone A in this first phase of the expansion, based on NHTSA’s schedule requirements. They will eventually be included in later phases as follows:
|Defect Information Report Dates||Zone A Greatest TCAH*||Zone B Moderate TCAH*||Zone C Lower TCAH*|
|Takata DIR #1|
|May 16, 2016||MY 2011 and older vehicles||MY 2008 and older vehicles||MY 2004 and older vehicles|
|Takata DIR #2|
|Dec 31, 2016||MY 2012 and older vehicles||MY 2009 and older vehicles||MY 2008 and older vehicles|
|Takata DIR #3|
|Dec 31, 2017||MY 2013 and older vehicles||MY 2010 and older vehicles||MY 2019 and older vehicles|
|Takata DIR #4|
|Dec 31, 2018||All remaining vehicles not currently under recall|
|Takata DIR #5|
|Dec 31, 2019||All vehicles receiving like-for-like replacement inflators|
* TCAH – Temperature cycling and HumidityDefect