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US NHTSA reports Mazda has finished 16% of Takata airbag recall work

At the end of October, the United States National Highway Traffic Safety Administration made the latest announcement on the progress of the repair work for Mazda cars recalled due to Takata airbag inflator defects.

The recall is due to a defect in the airbag’s inflators. During and after the process of formulating the gas forming agent, the appropriate moisture absorption prevention measures may have not been taken, which means there is a chance that the agent’s density is insufficient.

As a result, there is a chance that the interior of the airbag’s inflator may expand irregularly when the airbag is deployed, which could cause a rupture where parts fly out into the vehicle, causing possible fire or injury.

According to the NHTSA’s announcement at the end of October, Mazda has exchange inflators in 156,593 recalled cars. This means that the entire recall is 16.04% completed. The recall completion rate was 13.7% in August. The reason for the decline is that there were two weak points and the recall work needed to be expanded.

Of the total, 90,737 exchanges have been for the driver’s side airbags. Passenger side airbags were 65,856. According to the NHTSA, 19.63% are driver’s side airbags and 12.81% are for the passenger side.

(Translated by Greg Scott)