Mazda has issued a recall in Australia this week for its BT-50 pickup, due to a potential problem with the vehicle’s side airbags.
The carmaker says the airbag initiators within the side airbag modules may contain an incorrect chemical mixture.
As a result, the side airbag may not deploy when required, increasing the risk of injury to the vehicle occupants during a collision. To date, no such incidents have been reported in Australia.
Affected BT-50 models were sold in Australia between December last year and April 2017.
The recall process will involve an inspection with repairs performed where necessary. A total of 277 vehicles are on the recall list for Australia.
Ford has issued a virtually identical recall for its Ranger pickup and Everest 4WD models, as the pair share the same side airbag design as the similar BT-50.
Owners should note that neither of these particular Ford or Mazda recalls is related to the ongoing Takata airbag saga (click here for Takata news and recalls).
Mazda will attempt to contact affected owners shortly, but any owner wishing to learn more about the latest round of recalls should contact their local dealer or phone Mazda Australia on 1800 034 411.
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