Mazda recalls vehicles in South Africa over air bag scare

Mazda Motor Corp. is recalling 19,000 cars in South Africa due to airbag safety concerns, its local unit in Cape Town has  said.

The unit said the move was part of the Japanese car-maker efforts to extend a global recall to cover a wider manufacturing period.

The recall was prompted by investigations in Japan and North America for three different types of Takata Corp manufactured airbags over safety concerns that inflators were defective.

The U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said in July that new testing was prompting Takata Corp to declare 2.7 million air bag inflators defective in Ford Motor Co, Nissan Motor Co and Mazda vehicles.

Takata air bag inflators have been linked to 17 deaths and more than 180 injuries worldwide, and the recalls will eventually cover about 125 million inflators.

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