Mazda South Africa has for the past few months issued alerts to its customers about the deadly Takata air bag recall, which continues to affect many drivers throughout Mzansi.
The recall revolves around the ongoing issue of faulty air bags that, when deployed, may rupture with too much force, causing injury or death to the person in the vehicle. Mazda has produced its targeted alerts via press releases, loaded information on the Mazda website and placed print ads in several national and regional newspapers.
The Takata air bag recall has been a major one; unfortunately, and has resulted in at least a 9% response rate. It’s no surprise, then, that Mazda is taking such drastic steps to reach as many of its customers as possible.
The Takata air bag issue has been ongoing for years at this point, and there’s no signs of that slowing down. It is anticipated that auto makers will continue throughout the next year, and that by the end of 2019, they will have recalled about 125 million vehicles around the globe. Of those, a big portion are located in South Africa.
It is estimated that more than 28 000 Mazdas are affected by the Takata airbag recall in South Africa. This comprises of the Mazda2, Mazda6 and RX-8 vehicles produced between 2002 and 2014. Drivers who suspect their vehicle may have one of these inflators should check Mazda’s recall website to see whether it is covered by the recall.