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Mazda recalls 270,000 vehicles with explosive airbags that can send shrapnel flying

Chemicals used to inflate the airbags can deteriorate in some conditions, causing them to deploy with too much force, blowing apart a metal canister that can result in flying shrapnel

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 07 July, 2018, 1:57am
UPDATED : Saturday, 07 July, 2018, 6:41am

Mazda is recalling nearly 270,000 vehicles with Takata airbags that have the potential to explode, sending shrapnel flying through the air.

Chemicals used to inflate the airbags can deteriorate in some conditions, causing them to deploy with too much force, blowing apart a metal canister and creating dangerous shrapnel.

The potentially deadly defect can be found in passenger-side airbags on certain 2003-2008 Mazda6, 2006-2007 Mazdaspeed6 and 2004 MPV vehicles nationwide. It also involves 2005-2006 MPV models in certain states.

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Over the last several years, about 50 million airbag inflators have been recalled in the US, with 22 deaths and more than 180 injuries linked to the defect.

Takata has since been bought by Chinese-owned US mobility safety company Key Safety Systems.

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