Mazda North America Operations is recalling 2,539 model year 2005-2006 MPVs sold, or ever registered, in Alaska, Colorado, Connecticut, Idaho, Iowa, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Montana, New Hampshire, New York, North Dakota, Oregon, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Utah, Vermont, Washington, Wisconsin and Wyoming.
These vehicles are equipped with air bag inflators assembled as part of the passenger frontal air bag modules used as original equipment or replacement equipment.
In the event of a crash necessitating deployment of the passenger frontal air bag, these inflators may explode due to propellant degradation occurring after long-term exposure to absolute humidity and temperature cycling.
An inflator explosion may result in metal fragments striking the vehicle occupants resulting in serious injury or death.
What to do
Mazda will notify owners, and dealers will replace the front passenger air bag inflator with an alternate inflator, free of charge.
The recall is expected to begin July 2018.
Owners may contact Mazda customer service at 1-800-222-5500, Option 4. Mazda's number for this recall is 2618F.