Mazda RX-8 (2003 model)

Mazda recalls 75,000 units of Atenza and RX-8 for defective Takata airbags

On June 4, Mazda Motor Corporation declared a recall to the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism due to a defective inflator inside its Takata airbags.

The recall applies to a total of 75,574 Mazda vehicles including 2,625 units of the Atenza built between April 2 and November 16 in 2007 (passenger’s side airbag) as well as 40,165 units of the Atenza assembled between March 1, 2002 and May 17, 2005 and 32,784 units of the RX-8 built between February 14, 2003 and February 16, 2008 (driver’s side airbag).

The recall was conducted due to the possibility of the inflator rupturing and spraying metal fragments when the airbags are deployed, causing injuries to passengers.

As a precautionary measure, Mazda will be inspecting the passenger’s side airbag on all of its Atenza vehicles, starting with older models. Due to the inability to prepare and provide the replacement parts right away, Mazda will disconnect the passenger’s side airbag from operation and place a warning message about this on the sun visor.

As for the driver’s side airbag on the Atenza and RX-8, the inflators will be replaced on all of its models beginning with older vehicles. As this will also take time for the preparation and delivery of replacement parts, Mazda will be replacing the defective inflators with new ones.

(Translated by Travis Yamabata)