WASHINGTON — Mazda North American Operations is recalling approximately 19,000 2004-'06 Mazda B-Series trucks with defective Takata driver-side frontal airbag inflators, the automaker said late Monday.
"The B-Series trucks that are subject to this recall have already been recalled to replace the passenger-side airbag and now they will have the driver-side airbag inflator replaced as well," wrote Tamara Mlynarcyzk, a Mazda spokeswoman in response to a query from Edmunds.
In the event of a crash, the inflator could rupture, with metal fragments striking the vehicle occupants, potentially resulting in serious injury or death.
There are no reports of accidents or injuries linked to the recalled Mazda vehicles.
Mazda dealers will replace the defective airbags "as soon as the replacement parts have been received," Mlynarcyzk said. A date has not been set for the recall. Owners can contact Mazda customer service at 1-800-222-5500.
No information about the new Mazda recall has been posted on the website of NHTSA, which oversees vehicle safety in the U.S.
Edmunds says: The best advice for owners at this point is to stay in close touch with your Mazda dealer for the latest information on parts availability.