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Mazda Motor announced Thursday that it will recall more than 12,000 vehicles from the Japanese domestic market to replace faulty airbags. The recall covers the JDM Premacy, Atenza and Ixion models (branded as Fords in Japan) manufactured between March 1999 and July 2002.

Three accidents have apparently been attributed to the faulty airbags, which can abruptly open. Not a very fun surprise. About 19,000 of the affected vehicles were sold in export markets during the period, but the company has yet to issue a recall overseas.

The Premacy and Ixion are known in North America as the Mazda5, while the Atenza is marketed as the Mazda6.

[Source: Automotive News]


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      • 8 Years Ago
      oh no! that's not a fun surprise at all. At least it's probably a hello kitty airbag, so after it abruptly punches you in the face and you smash up your brand new Mazda5, you can be like "awwwwwwww"
      • 8 Years Ago
      ROFLMAO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
      "They must've been installed by the relatives of the folks that worked over at the Sony plant."

      • 8 Years Ago
      US Mazda6's are built in Flatrock, Michigan, alongside the Ford Mustang.
      We probably won't have a recall, unless Mustangs get recalled too.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I had a mazda tribute and both airbags deployed. As a result I had to find a new srs system. I ordered from http://www.safetyairbags.com/mazda-airbags.html and saved over 50% .
      • 8 Years Ago
      What they should recall are those CHEAP black plastic center wheel caps. Is this 1991 all over again? Good grief, who is behind these decisions!
      • 8 Years Ago
      haha @ "not a very fun surprise" - it's commentary like this that make me love the Autoblog!
      • 8 Years Ago
      wait 1999-2002? That's before those cars were sold in the US. That's the previous generation... nm.