2004-'08 Mazda RX-8 With Takata Airbags Set for Repair | Edmunds

2004-'08 Mazda RX-8 With Takata Airbags Set for Repair


For more information on the Takata airbag recall, click here. 10/27/14

Just the Facts:
  • The 2004-'08 Mazda RX-8 is one of approximately 34,600 Mazda vehicles with Takata airbags set for what the automaker is calling a "special service program."
  • Other vehicles included in the program are the 2003-'07 Mazda 6, 2006-'07 Mazdaspeed 6 and 2004 Mazda MPV.
  • This is part of a larger action by several automakers in recalls or regional field actions linked to airbag supplier Takata following a National Highway Traffic Safety Administration investigation.

WASHINGTON — The 2004-'08 Mazda RX-8 is one of approximately 34,600 Mazda vehicles with Takata airbags set for what the automaker is calling a "special service program."

Other vehicles included in the program are the 2003-'07 Mazda 6, 2006-'07 Mazdaspeed 6 and 2004 Mazda MPV. The affected vehicles were originally sold or are currently registered in Florida, Hawaii and Puerto Rico.

"On certain vehicles, the airbag may not deploy properly in the event of an accident," Mazda said in a statement.

The automaker has received one report of a driver injury during airbag deployment.

"There is insufficient information at this time to determine the cause of these incidents or if they are related to a safety defect, but Mazda is working with the supplier and (the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration) to investigate these incidents as quickly as possible," Mazda said.

This is part of a larger action by several automakers in recalls or regional field actions linked to airbag supplier Takata following a NHTSA investigation.

Earlier this month, NHTSA opened an investigation into 1.1 million vehicles in the U.S. from five automakers for problems with airbags that may rupture during deployment.

As of Monday morning, Chrysler, Nissan and Ford had also announced actions to replace airbag inflators, but those automakers did not label them recalls. Honda recalled approximately 2 million vehicles to replace one or both front Takata airbag inflators and said it was labeling the action a "recall" so that consumers would take it seriously.

NHTSA on Monday afternoon issued a formal statement describing the various actions by automakers as "limited regional recalls to address a possible safety defect involving Takata brand airbag inflators."

Mazda said owners will be notified of the issue and instructed to take their vehicles to a Mazda dealer to replace the airbag inflator with a new one. A timetable has not been set for the special service program. Owners can contact Mazda at 1-800-222-5500.

Edmunds says: Mazda said the start of the special service program will depend on the availability of replacement parts from the supplier. In the meantime, if you are having a problem with one of these cars, it's best to contact your dealer.

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