Interior of one of Mazda cars
MAZDA is recalling 19000 cars in South Africa due to air bag safety concerns as the Japanese car maker extends a global recall to cover a wider manufacturing period, its local unit said yesterday. The recall was prompted by investigations in Japan and North America for three different types of Takata manufactured air bags over safety concerns that inflators were defective.

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The US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said in July that new testing was prompting Takata to declare 2.7 million air bag inflators defective in Ford, Nissan 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 125million inflators.