Mazda3 Recalled Because Steering Wheel Logo Could Shatter

Airbag deployment may cause a brittle emblem to strike the driver with plastic fragments

2005 Mazda3 Photo: Mazda

The 2004-2007 Mazda3 sedan and hatchback are recalled due to concerns that airbag deployment could cause the steering wheel logo emblem to shatter, spraying the driver with harmful fragments. The action comes after eight incidents have been documented outside the U.S. There are two lawsuits in the U.S. alleging related injury. 

The automaker explains that “due 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.”

Mazda changed the steering wheel logo material starting in June 2006, switching to a polyester material. These improved logos are not subject to such deterioration.

Owners will be notified by the end of August. 

2005 Mazda3

Photo: Mazda Photo: Mazda

The Details

Vehicles recalled: 2004-2007 Mazda3 cars built from June 24, 2003, to June 22, 2006.

The problem: The plastic logo affixed to the steering wheel can become brittle over time and may project fragments into the vehicle interior during an airbag deployment.

The fix: Dealerships will replace the steering wheel airbag cover with a new one for free. There is no change needed to the airbag itself.

How to contact the manufacturer: Owners may reach Mazda customer service at 1-800-222-5500.

NHTSA campaign number: 21V-494. Mazda’s number for this recall is 4921G.

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