Mazda recalls 374,000 vehicles for Takata airbag defects

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) -- Mazda Motor Corp said Friday it will recall 374,000 U.S. vehicles linked to potentially defective front passenger- side airbags made by Takata Corp.

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The Japanese automaker said the latest recall was prompted after Takata said testing showed additional airbag inflators could be prone to ruptures.

Takata airbag recalls are linked to nine deaths and more than 100 injuries stemming from airbag inflators that ruptured and sent metal fragments flying.

The airbag safety recalls are among the largest in U.S. automotive history, encompassing 23 million air bag inflators in 19 million vehicles manufactured by 12 car companies.

Last month, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said Honda Motor Co Ltd, Fuji Heavy Industries Ltd's Subaru unit, and Mazda would add thousands of vehicles to the massive recall campaigns based on additional inflator testing.

Honda said it was adding 127,000 2003-2004 Honda CR-V. The expanded callbacks also include the 2005-2008 Subaru Legacy and Outback.

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Japanese seat belt and air-bag maker Takata Corp. Chairman and CEO Shigehisa Takada gestures during a press conference regarding the expanding recall of his company's air bags, in Tokyo Thursday, June 25, 2015. Takada apologized to shareholders of the company at the center of a defect scandal that has resulted in recalls of 33.8 million air bags while appearing at a news conference for the first time since the problems became evident. (AP Photo/Shuji Kajiyama)
Shigehisa Takada, chairman and president of Takata Corp., pauses during a news conference in Tokyo, Japan, on Thursday, June 25, 2015. Takada made his first public apology for the eight deaths and hundreds of injuries related to the company's air bags dating back more than a decade. Photographer: Kiyoshi Ota/Bloomberg via Getty Images
Japanese air bag maker Takata Corp. Chairman and CEO Shigehisa Takada bows during a press conference regarding the expanding recall of his company's air bags, in Tokyo Thursday, June 25, 2015. Takada apologized to shareholders of the company at the center of a defect scandal that has resulted in recalls of 33.8 million air bags while appearing at a news conference for the first time since the problems became evident. (AP Photo/Shuji Kajiyama)
Shigehisa Takada, chairman and president of Takata Corp., reacts during a news conference in Tokyo, Japan, on Thursday, June 25, 2015. Takada made his first public apology for the eight deaths and hundreds of injuries related to the company's air bags dating back more than a decade. Photographer: Kiyoshi Ota/Bloomberg via Getty Images
Japanese air bag maker Takata Corp. CEO Shigehisa Takada listens to a reporter's question during a news conference in Tokyo Thursday, June 25, 2015. Takada, the head of the company at the center of a defect scandal that has resulted in recalls of more than 33.8 million vehicles, appeared at a news conference Thursday for the first time since the problems emerged but shed little light on the underlying cause of the problems. Earlier, Takada apologized to shareholders at their annual meeting. He then faced media questions, bowing in apology both before and after the news conference. (AP Photo/Shuji Kajiyama)
Japanese seat belt and air-bag maker Takata Corp. Chairman and CEO Shigehisa Takada bows during a press conference regarding the expanding recall of his company's air bags, in Tokyo Thursday, June 25, 2015. Takada apologized to shareholders of the company at the center of a defect scandal that has resulted in recalls of 33.8 million air bags and appeared at the news conference for the first time since the problems became evident. (AP Photo/Shuji Kajiyama)
The CEO of Takata Corp., the Japanese air bag maker Shigehisa Takada listens to a reporter's question during a press conference in Tokyo Thursday, June 25, 2015. The CEO of Takata Corp., the air bag maker at the center of a defect scandal that has resulted in recalls of 33.8 million vehicles, appeared at a news conference Thursday for the first time since the problems emerged and apologized to shareholders.(AP Photo/Shuji Kajiyama)
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NHTSA said last month that a quarter of vehicles recalled have been fixed, including a third of vehicles in high-humidity areas, where automakers believe the risk is highest for ruptures. But that leaves around 15 million vehicles unrepaired.

In November, Takata agreed to pay a $70 million fine for safety violations and could face deferred penalties of up to $130 million under a NHTSA settlement.

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