The U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says the automaker Mazda is recalling 269,618 vehicles, including the 2003-2008 Mazda6, 2006-2007 Mazdaspeed6 and 2004 MPVs nationwide. The 2005-2006 MPVs are being recalled in certain states and territories.
Mazda is recalling nearly 270,000 vehicles in the United States that are equipped with a potentially deadly air bag defect, safety officials said.
Chemicals used to inflate the air bags can deteriorate in some conditions, causing them to deploy with too much force, blowing apart a metal canister that can result in flying shrapnel.
The defective Takata air bags inflators have exploded in some vehicles, sending metal pieces into the passenger cabin.
In the United States, deaths from the explosions have been reported in California, Louisiana, Florida, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Virginia, Texas and South Carolina.
Mazda will soon begin notifying affected owners of the recall work to the front passenger-side air bag inflator.
Over the last several years, about 50 million air bag inflators have been recalled in the U.S., with 22 deaths and more than 180 injuries linked to the defect.
The defect has led to the largest recall in automotive history, affecting roughly 100 million vehicles around the world.
More than 20 deaths in Malaysia and Australia have been tied to the Takata recall, in Honda Civics, Accords, Citys and CR-Vs; Acura TLs and the 2006 Ford Ranger.
Takata has since been bought by Chinese-owned U.S. mobility safety company Key Safety System.