Mazda is recalling hundreds of thousands of vehicles due to a defect that could cause the emblem on the steering wheel of affected vehicles to shatter and injure the driver.
ConsumerReports.com reports that there have been at least eight documented incidences of drivers being injured after the plastic logos deteriorated and cracked upon airbag deployment. “[D]ue to an improper material specification, the plastic logo may become brittle over time. In this condition, the logo may shatter during a normal airbag deployment,” said Mazda in a statement.
The recall affects Mazda 3 Model Years 2004-2007 sedan and hatchbacks.
Though Mazda changed the materials it used in its logo in 2006, prior logos continue to be dangerous.
Mazda is currently subject to at least two lawsuits stemming from alleged injuries stemming from the defective logos.
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