WASHINGTON — Mazda North American Operations is recalling 27,149 2004-'06 Mazda B-Series pickup trucks in an expanded recall of vehicles with potentially defective Takata airbags, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).
"The affected vehicles are equipped with a passenger-side frontal airbag that may be susceptible to moisture intrusion which, over time, could cause the inflator to rupture upon deployment," said NHTSA in its recall summary. "In the event of a crash necessitating deployment of the passenger's frontal airbag, the inflator could rupture, with metal fragments striking the vehicle occupants, potentially resulting in serious injury or death."
It is one of two expanded Mazda recalls announced on Thursday by federal safety regulators.
The new B-Series recall expands a December 4, 2014 regional recall and adds the 2006 B-Series to a nationwide recall.
NHTSA said on Thursday that the Vehicle Identification Numbers or VINs included in the new recall are not yet available on NHTSA's VIN Lookup Tool or the manufacturer's Web site.
"If your vehicle is affected by this recall, follow up with the manufacturer to get interim guidance," it said.
The affected B-Series trucks were built from April 17, 2003 through May 2, 2006.
A Mazda spokesman did not respond immediately to a query from Edmunds asking if there are any injuries, crashes or deaths linked to the expanded recall.
Edmunds says: Owners should stay in touch with their dealer for information on when replacement parts become available.