Mazda Expands Takata Recall to Include B-Series Pickups

2005 Mazda B4000 II

The third-generation Mazda B-Series pickup truck, which is a clone of the Ford Ranger, is subject to the most recent expansion of the Takata airbag recalls. Model-year 2004-2006 B-Series trucks with potentially faulty passenger-side airbag inflators are now under a national recall rather than a regional one.

The list of additional Mazda vehicles recalled because of Takata airbag issues, their production dates and information phone numbers can be found by reading our most recent story. Mazda will begin notifying B2500 and B4000 owner notification next month. Owners can call Mazda at 800-222-5500 or NHTSA at 888-327-4236 for more information. Click here for an updated list of all Takata recalls.

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Manufacturers are bearing part of the costs and are prepared to bail out Takata. There are limited numbers of companies who make airbags and if Takata collapses it would have a profound effect on the industry............. where have we heard this before?

The recall is also global and not confined to the US.

I say let someone buy them out. I wonder how receptive the Japanese government will be to allow outsiders buy Takata?

So far my vehicle hasn't had the recall.................yet, I'm waiting.

Big Al from Oz - at least this time around it is industry being ready to support industry not my great grandchildren's bank accounts.

I read story last week that Toyota is jumping in to help get to root cause of "bad" airbags. My question is, how do you give out replacements when you don't have good understanding why they are bad.

They do have a good understanding of what the root cause is. The propellant canisters made by Takata in Ole Meh-i-co were manufactured using questionable quality control methods and procedures at the factory. That, along with the change to make the propellants less toxic at that time combined into the "perfect storm" if you will. However, the problem seems to be confined to vehicles that were sold in high humidity environments.

@the other mike - agree. The type of propellant, combined with moisture, and the design of the deployment device turn the airbag into a fragmentation grenade. Airbags even when deployed properly can and do cause minor injuries and in some cases serious injury.

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