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Mazda to recall 19,000 vehicles in South Africa due to air bag safety concerns

Reuters

Mazda Motor Corp. is recalling 19,000 cars in South Africa due to air bag safety concerns as the Japanese carmaker extends a global recall to cover a wider manufacturing period, its local unit said Monday.

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

The U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said earlier this month that new testing was prompting Takata 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.