With Takata still playing hardball with the NHTSA, we have seen a number of carmakers take it upon themselves to issue a new round of recalls, and the latest is Mazda. The Japanese auto manufacturer has an airbag recall update for December 2014 that includes another 40,000 vehicles.
Mazda airbag recall models are to include the Mazda6 years 2003-2007, Mazdaspeed6 model years 2004-2005 MPV and finally the 2004 B-Series Trucks. These affected vehicles are those registered in certain states, which are Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas.
The recalls only affected certain vehicles in Florida and Hawaii before, but automakers came under intense pressure from the NHTSA to expand it to other states, and we have already seen the likes of Honda, Toyota and Chrysler follow suit.
Detroit News says the total number of recalls for Mazda due to faulty airbags has now risen from 44,000 to 86,773, which is small fry when compared to Honda. Drivers in the U.S. are finally happy to learn that certain automakers are now taking part in a independent, industry wide testing initiative that was first conceived by Toyota, which could find yet more faulty airbags.
However, it is the hope that this investigation will lead to an understanding of why this issue was not found sooner, seeing as though it dates back years.