Mazda Australia Pty Ltd—Mazda6 (GG) Sedan/Hatch, Mazda6 (GY) Wagon, RX-8 (FE) & BT-50 (UN)
What are the defects?
Takata has identified that the chemical ammonium nitrate, which is used as a propellant in the airbag inflator, degrades over time under certain environmental conditions.
This can cause some airbags (driver and/or passenger) to deploy during a collision with too much internal pressure causing the airbag’s metal inflator housing to rupture, with metal fragments and shrapnel propelling out of the airbag and into vehicle occupants.
Industry broadly defines two types of defective Takata airbag inflators: ‘alpha’ airbags which were not produced according to design standards and ‘beta’ airbags manufactured according to design standards.
The ‘alpha’ airbags have a higher risk of misdeployment and a higher risk of causing harm. The ACCC recommends that a vehicle affected by an alpha airbag recall not be driven, other than to drive directly to the dealer for the replacement airbag to be installed.
Beta airbags also pose a risk to safety as propellant degrades over time after installation and will require replacement.
What are the hazards?
If a defective airbag deploys in an accident, the metal airbag inflator housing may rupture, propelling metal fragments and shrapnel towards vehicle occupants, causing serious injury and death to the driver and passengers.
What should consumers do?
If consumers are uncertain about whether their vehicle is affected by the recall they should contact their local dealership and/or Mazda Australia (phone 1800 034 411 Monday to Friday 9.30am - 5pm (EST or AEST)), email firstname.lastname@example.org or check the VIN on the Mazda Australia website at https://www.mazda.com.au/recalls/ ). If consumers are affected they should organise to have the airbag replaced. Consumers with an ‘alpha’ airbag should immediately arrange for a replacement. All repairs carried out as part of this recall are free of charge.
Mazda Authorised Dealers
- 22 August 2002 - 28 June 2011