WASHINGTON — Mazda North American Operations is recalling 41,918 2009-'10 Mazda 6 sedans because of an airbag problem, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
"The protective coating may not have been properly applied to the airbag control unit (ACU) and, as a result, moisture may damage the unit, causing it to malfunction," said the NHTSA in its recall summary. "Failure of the ACU would illuminate the airbag warning light and prevent the airbag from deploying in the event of a crash, increasing the risk of injury."
The affected Mazda 6 sedans were built from February 4, 2008, to December 3, 2009.
Mazda dealers will replace the ACU. Parts are not currently available.
Mazda will send an interim notification to owners starting on October 3, followed by a second notice when parts are available.
Owners can contact Mazda customer service at 1-800-222-5500.
Edmunds says: Owners of these vehicles should stay in close touch with their Mazda dealers on parts availability.