540,000 more vehicles are being recalled due to their use of Takata air bags. Over 500,000 cars and 35,000 trucks are a part of this recall. The air bags in these vehicles, made by a Japanese company, Takata, are capable of exploding with too much force in the case of an accident. Rather than inflating enough to keep drivers and passengers safe, these air bags inflate so forcefully that they cause an explosion of shrapnel within the vehicle. So far, over 100 people have been injured and 6 killed because of the faultiness of the Takata airbags.
This recall comes less than a month after a previous expansion of the recall totalled the affected vehicles at nearly 34 million. This recall is the largest automotive recall in the history of the United States. More makes and models containing the shoddily made airbags are still being announced.
Currently, known models under recall include Mazda 6 made between 2003-2008, the 2004-2008 RX-8 and the 2006 and 2007 MazdaSpeed 6. If you think your Mazda vehicle may be affected by this recall, check the vehicle identification number (VIN). Enter this number at the government auto recall website. More cars are being added regularly, so it is important to check frequently if you have a Mazda made within the years that have been affected by previous recalls.
The product in this recall could cause serious damage and injury. Keep an ear out for further developments and check back at Disaster Claim for more information.