The effects of brand placement can be felt quite literally in the case of Mazda’s latest recall for a batch of nearly 261,000 Mazda3s. The recall concerns the plastic emblem on the steering wheel airbag module cover, which could shatter upon deployment of the airbag.
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The recall affects owners of model-year 2004-07 Mazda3 sedans and hatchbacks. A shattered plastic emblem could strike both the driver and occupants in the event of the steering wheel’s airbag going off, increasing the risk of injury.
Dealers will simply replace the airbag module cover for free. Mazda will begin notifying owners Aug. 28, but those with further questions can call the automaker at 800-222-5500, option No. 4, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s vehicle-safety hotline at 888-327-4236 or visit its website to check their vehicle identification number and learn more.
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