Mazda Philippines is once again urging their clients to to have their vehicle’s Takata airbag inflators replaced. This follows a continuing global recall issued by the airbag manufacturer. With millions of these inflators installed worldwide, a fair amount of these have also affected the local units.
Since December 2016, the company has been reminding customers to get their inflators replaced free of charge. According to Mazda Philippines, Registered owners of affected vehicles have already been contacted by its 20 dealerships nationwide at their last known addresses and contact details. As of May 2018, Mazda Philippines says 744 owners have had the faulty part replaced but there are still more out there.
This technical service bulletin mostly affects the previous generation models. For Mazda2 models with the code MM7DE with manufacturing dates from October 26, 2009 to July 19, 2014, the passenger side inflator has to be replaced.
First-generation Mazda6 models make up a bulk of the recall. First-gen models with code JM7GG and JM7GY built from March 2002 to May 2005 will need new inflators for the driver's side airbag. Meanwhile, cars built from March 2005 to March 2006 will need new driver and passenger side airbag inflators. First-gen Mazda6 models manufactured from March 2005 to December 2008 will also need new passenger side airbag inflators as well.
As for the BT-50, all trucks made between January 20, 2006 to November 5, 2014 need replacement inflators for the driver's side airbag. This affects the first-generation models with the model code MM7UN.
To find out if their Mazda vehicle is affected by the recall, owners may ask dealerships to find out whether or not the inflator needs to be replaced. If so, owners are urged to schedule an appointment to the dealership to get it replaced. Mazda Philippines says it will take about one hour to fit in the new part.