Mazda recalls Mazda6, RX-8 and Mazdaspeed6 vehicles

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The driver front airbag inflator could rupture.

Mazda North American Operations is recalling 308,992 model year 2003-2008 Mazda6, 2004-2008 RX-8, and model year 2006-2007 Mazdaspeed6 vehicles.

The vehicles are equipped with a dual-stage driver front airbag that may be susceptible to moisture intrusion and other factors -- including manufacturing variability -- that, over time, could cause the inflator to rupture.

In the event of a crash necessitating deployment of the airbag, the inflator could rupture with metal fragments striking the driver or other occupants resulting in serious injury or death.

What to do

Mazda will notify owners, and dealers will replace the driver's front airbag inflator with an alternate inflator, free of charge. The recall was expected to begin September 1, 2017.

Owners may contact Mazda customer service at 1-800-222-5500. Mazda's number for this recall is 1417G. 

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